<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Mavs Central]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usSat, 07 Dec 2019 04:59:12 -0600Sat, 07 Dec 2019 04:59:12 -0600NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Powell, Brunson Hit Season Highs, Mavs Top Wolves]]>565818091Thu, 05 Dec 2019 06:08:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1186534219.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks showed Wednesday night they are much more than Luka Doncic.

Dwight Powell scored 24 points on 9-for-9 shooting from the field, Jalen Brunson ignited a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 16 points in the period and the Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-114.

Powell and Brunson both had season highs as the Mavericks won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Going into the second night of a back-to-back, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said, "Depth is going to be our calling card if we're going to be good." Then his team went out and proved his point on a night when Doncic struggled with 8-for-22 shooting and was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter.

With five reserves on the floor to start the fourth quarter, Dallas was 7-of-9 on 3s after hitting only four of its first 27. Brunson made two, including the one that put Dallas ahead to stay at 94-93 with 7 minutes to play.

"A little opportunity. A little bit of preparation. I just felt it going," Brunson said.

Maxi Kleber made two 3s and Justin Jackson another before Doncic came back into the game and made his only 3 off an assist from Brunson to put the Mavs up 106-98. Doncic, whose frustrations with the officiating boiled over when he was given a technical foul by referee David Guthrie with 2:26 left in the third quarter, looked skyward as if to show relief when the shot swished through.

Doncic finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists - all below his season averages. It was the first time since Oct. 29 - a stretch of 17 games - when someone other than the 20-year-old standout led Dallas in scoring.

"We have amazing players on this team," Doncic said. "Anybody can do anything."

Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins had 26 points apiece for the Timberwolves, and Robert Covington added 22.

"I think we played solid through three quarters," Wiggins said. "But in the fourth quarter, we let them get too comfortable."

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Forward Jake Layman remains out with a sprained big toe on his left foot. Coach Ryan Saunders said Layman was not with the team as it begins a four-game trip and didn't have a timetable for his return.

Mavericks: Powell's 14 first-half points were a career high in a half for the sixth-year center and he finished just two short of his career high after leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter with a wrist injury.

LUKA'S STREAK

Calling this a below-average game for Doncic only emphasizes the impressive numbers he's put up in his second year. He is currently riding a streak of 17 consecutive games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. That tied Russell Westbrook's streak as the second-longest since the ABA-NBA merger (1976-77). Only Michael Jordan (18 games in 1988-89) has a longer streak.

"When he's on the bench, he's up, cheering on his teammates with the best of them," Carlisle said of Doncic. "He was really into the game when our second unit got it going in the fourth."

ROAD WARRIORS

Minnesota had won four in a row on the road and was 7-2 away from Target Center entering Wednesday. The Wolves will need more road magic with this contest starting a stretch of eight road games in 11 days, all against Western Conference teams.

"We've got to find consistency playing for 48 (minutes)," Towns said.

POWELL BRUISED

Powell finished just two short of a career high in points when he had to leave the game with 4:47 left in the fourth when he injured his left arm in a collision with Wiggins and his own teammate Kristaps Porzingis. He was diagnosed with an arm contusion and X-rays were negative.

"It was just a really awkward play," Powell said. "I felt like my arm got stuck in a revolving door. It didn't feel good but thankfully it's not broken."

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: At Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Mavericks: Host New Orleans on Saturday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Luka Doncic Mania Means Big Bucks in Merchandise Sales]]>565816292Thu, 05 Dec 2019 06:35:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/luka_doncic1.jpg

It's a Dallas Mavericks player whose name may be a little difficult for fans to say.

But they can definitely tell you why they like Luka Doncic.

"I like how he like dribbles the ball whenever his opponents come to him," 10-year-old Megas Deltoro said.

That's why fans young and old are snatching up #77 just as fast as they can. The Hangar Team Store in American Airlines Center had to restock a Doncic display eight times during one game.

"Our arena business is still up 31 percent," Mavericks Vice President of Merchandise and Brand Marketing Alison Panasik said. "Our web business is up almost 100% up from last year."

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were also up 177% over last year.

Tom McCollum is a longtime fan and season ticket holder since 2003. He said this is even a different kind of excitement than Dirk Nowitzki brought to the city.

"We didn't have this at this stage with Dirk," McCollum said. "I was around year one with Dirk and I was excited. But we didn't have these kind of results. My gosh the guy is averaging almost a triple double."

And all fans are hoping they can ride the Luka wave to a successful ending.

"It puts Dallas back on the map again you know championship," Mavericks fan Daniel Garcia said.



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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 33, Powers Mavericks Past Pelicans]]>565766631Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:31:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-NOLA-120319.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter and grabbed 18 rebounds in just 28 minutes to power the Dallas Mavericks to a 118-97 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

Doncic shot 9 of 18 from the field, making five 3-pointers, and hit 10 of 13 free throws to lead the Mavericks to their eighth victory in the last nine games.

Doncic had 12 points the first quarter and then broke open a three-point game by scoring 15 of the Mavericks' 25 points in the final 9:18 of the third, when Dallas built a 84-75 lead. Two of Doncic's jumpers came from at least 25 feet with no defender in his face.

Dallas led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter and coasted home.

Seth Curry added 19 points off the bench for the Mavericks, and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber each had 12.

Brandon Ingram scored 24 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 for New Orleans, which lost its sixth consecutive game.

Doncic had 18 points and eight rebounds to spark the Mavericks to a 59-53 halftime lead. The Mavs overcame a sloppy offensive start in which they committed five turnovers in the first 3:44 and also misfired on 23 of their first 29 shots.

The Pelicans scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to take a 35-24 lead, but Dallas responded with a 27-11 run, getting most of its firepower from the bench. Backup point guard J.J. Barea nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and added a driving bank shot to lead the surge.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis was in foul trouble most of the game, playing just 18 minutes and scoring just seven points. . Doncic was chosen the Western Conference player of the month for November, and coach Rick Carlisle said it was richly deserved. "He's been great really from the start of the entire season," Carlisle said. "It's really cool. The guy's fun to watch, and he's a great competitor." . The Mavericks won just nine road games all last season but are 8-2 away from home this season. . Carlisle said Justin Jackson's improved play is in part due to his summer work, when he put on 15 pounds of muscle. "He's a guy that gives us a lot of versatility."

Pelicans: Lonzo Ball was 2 of 10 from 3-point range. . Coach Alvin Gentry is trying to solve his team's end-of-game woes. "We have a tendency to fall off, especially in the last six minutes of the game. It's almost as if we play isolation basketball. We've got to get away from that." . Gentry marveled at Doncic's wise-beyond-his-years game. "He's been doing this since he was 15 years old. He's been playing with grown men. He was European player of the year when he was 18."

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.

Pelicans: Host Phoenix on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Named Western Conference Player of the Month]]>565763891Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:23:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120319.jpg

The accolades keep piling up for the Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic, who was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Month for November on Tuesday.

Doncic took home the honors after he posted 32.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game in 14 November contests. He became third player in league history to average a 30-point triple-double over a calender month, joining Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.

The 20-year-old is the first Mavericks' player to win the award in more than 10 years, since Dirk Nowitzki won it in April 2009. It marks the eighth time a Dallas player has been recognized.

Nowitzki was named Western Conference Player of the Month five times, shared shared it once with Michael Finley and Steve Nash, and Mark Aguirre won it in January 1984.

On the season, Doncic has led the Mavericks to a 13-6 record and ranks third in the NBA in scoring and second in assists. He has also posted at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in 15 straight games -- the fourth-longest streak since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. On that list, he joins LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Westbrook.

Doncic earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of Monday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 24 after he led Dallas to a 4-0 record while averaging 37.0 points per game.



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<![CDATA[Newy: 'Luka Magic' Gives Mavs Fans Hope for Future]]>565761692Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:10:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+LUKA+MAGIC+WEB+PHOTO_2019-12-03-18-45-26.jpg

Mavericks guard Luka Doncic was named the Kia NBA Western Conference Player of the Month on Tuesday. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why Mavs fans should be optimistic about the future with Doncic leading the way.]]>
<![CDATA[Luka Gets 27, Mavs Snap Lakers' 10-Game Win Streak]]>565666342Sun, 01 Dec 2019 17:44:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120119.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in a dynamic second half, Kristaps Porzingis added 15 points and the Dallas Mavericks snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' 10-game winning streak with a 114-100 victory Sunday.

Doncic also had 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Delon Wright had 17 points and nine assists in the Mavericks' seventh victory in eight games.

Dallas underlined its status as a likely title contender with an inspired second half on the road against the NBA-leading Lakers, who had lost only once in 18 games since their season opener.

LeBron James had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who dropped to 17-3 by losing this matchup between two of the NBA's highest-scoring teams. Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, whose longest winning streak in 10 years ended with their largest defeat of the young season.

The Mavs erased a halftime deficit with a 28-5 run to open the third quarter, shredding the Lakers' usually solid defense. Dallas' decisive rally was led by a majestic quarter from Doncic, who had 16 points and five assists in the third after going 2 for 9 in the first half.

Los Angeles had won six straight over Dallas, but neither team much resembles the rosters that played the last few seasons in these jerseys. After a year of impressive moves by both franchises, the Mavs and Lakers are positioned to be back among the NBA's best.

Exactly one month after the Lakers earned an overtime victory in Dallas, the Mavs responded with an impressive all-around effort at Staples Center.

After a close first half, Dallas jumped to a 20-point lead late in the third and comfortably maintained it in the fourth, with Doncic providing some showmanship by hitting his fourth 3-pointer and then staring at Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki, who was watching at courtside.

The Lakers' revamped roster just completed one of the best months in franchise history, going 14-1 in November while soaring to the top of the NBA standings. Davis and James have meshed seamlessly, while their supporting cast has embraced new coach Frank Vogel's commitment to defense.

But the Lakers' schedule gets much tougher in December, starting with this showdown and a three-game road trip in the upcoming week to Denver, Utah and Portland. James and Davis both expect to know more about their roster by January, and this opening game underlined the importance of a consistent effort, particularly on defense.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Nowitzki got a standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd after the Lakers played a tribute video on the scoreboard during a timeout in the second quarter. ... Dwight Powell had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Justin Jackson scored 15 points.

Lakers: Kyle Kuzma played 21 minutes and scored four points despite spraining his ankle Friday against Washington. ... NL MVP Cody Bellinger and Dodgers teammate Kenley Jansen watched the game from courtside. ... Alex Caruso had 10 points and four rebounds.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: At New Orleans on Tuesday night.

Lakers: At Denver on Tuesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Averages 30-Point Triple-Double in Brilliant November]]>565645442Sat, 30 Nov 2019 17:06:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-110319.jpg

Adding one more spectacular game to a November full of them, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic provided more evidence that he's quickly emerging as one of the best players in the NBA.

Doncic tied a career-high with 42 points in a 120-113 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night and narrowly missed a triple-double with 11 assists and nine rebounds. The performance assured that he would become just the third player in NBA history to average a 30-point triple-double over a calendar month.

He averaged 32.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 10.4 assists over 15 games in November. The only other two players to accomplish the same feat are Oscar Robertson (five times) and Russell Westbrook (twice), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I've learned over my many years not to take anything for granted," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's just an exceptional player. Exceptional person. Exceptionally tough. You don't find that combination in 20-year-old guys coming into the NBA very often."

Doncic was at his best on Friday against the Suns, controlling every aspect of the game. There were times when he would dribble into the lane and the Phoenix defense would be frozen, unsure of how to stop him.

"We play our best when we get in the paint," Doncic said. "That's the key for us."

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 26 points for the Mavericks, but the team's usual second-leading scorer, Kristaps Porzingis, finished with just two points and missed all eight of his shots from the field.

It didn't matter, though. Doncic wasn't going to let this one get away. The Mavericks improved to 12-6, which is their best start since they won an NBA title in the 2010-11 season.

"That's who he is," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said of Doncic. "Porzingis didn't have it going, so he's hitting shots seven, eight feet behind the 3-point line. You've got to get up. And then finishing at the basket, some of those shots, I thought we played good defense, he just got around us."

Doncic has been even better in his second season, one year after winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

Carlisle said before the season that he wasn't sure if Doncic's production would improve considering the team had better players around him. But the Mavericks are leaning on him just as much as ever.

"It's surprising but it's not shocking," Carlisle said. "Our team has taken its present form but it's still early in the season and there's a long way to go. We'll see where it goes from here, but he's having a spectacular year.

"Just absolutely breathtaking."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Pours in 42 Points, Mavericks Top Suns]]>565633691Fri, 29 Nov 2019 23:16:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1185530849.jpg

Luka Doncic tied a career high with 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 26 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 120-113 on Friday night.

Doncic just missed a triple-double with 11 assists and nine rebounds. Hardaway shot 6 of 9 from 3-point range to help offset a quiet night from Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with two points.

The teams entered the final quarter tied at 89. The Mavericks went on an 8-0 run midway through the fourth to take a 104-97 lead and never trailed again.

Doncic was coming off subpar outing Tuesday night in a loss to the Clippers, where he shot 4 of 14 from the field and missed all eight 3-point attempts. The 20-year-old was superb in Phoenix, making 12 of 24 shots from the field and 15 of 18 free throws.

Phoenix has lost six of its last seven games. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 21 points and nine assists.

Doncic had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists in the first quarter as the Mavericks edged to a 53-50 halftime lead. Oubre had 13 for the Suns.

A FREE THROW ADVENTURE

Suns forward Frank Kaminsky inadvertently contributed to a rally with two of the worst free throws of his professional career.

Kaminsky -- a respectable 76% career free throw shooter -- had a stunning air ball on his first of two free throws during the third quarter. He overcompensated on the second, pounding it off the backboard and rim before getting his own offensive rebound.

The extra possession led to a huge dunk by Devin Booker to put the Suns up 69-63.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Porzingis and Phoenix's Aron Baynes both received technical fouls in the second quarter when they got into an argument coming off the court during a timeout. ... Doncic averaged a 30-point triple-double in November, becoming just the third NBA to accomplish that feat in a calendar month, joining Oscar Robertson (five times) and Russell Westbrook (twice). ... The Mavericks improved to 12-6 for their best start since the 2010-11 season when they won an NBA title. ... Porzingis missed all eight shots he took from the field, including six 3-pointers.

Suns: Baynes returned to the lineup after a five-game absence because of a right hip flexor sprain. He finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. ... Phoenix fell to 8-10.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Suns: At Charlotte on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Clippers Ease Past Mavs 114-99 in Matchup of 5-Win Streaks]]>565513651Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:33:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Paul George scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter, Kawhi Leonard finished with 28 and the Los Angeles Clippers took control early in a meeting of teams with matching five-game winning streaks, beating the Dallas Mavericks 114-99 on Tuesday night.

The Clippers used several defenders to end Luka Doncic's franchise-record streak of four games with at least 30 points and 10 assists. George had a career-high six steals as Los Angeles held the Mavericks under 100 points for the first time this season.

The Clippers limited the 20-year-old phenom to 4-of-13 shooting, including 0 for 7 from 3-point range. The Slovenian star made 14 of 16 free throws and finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Patrick Beverley got in foul trouble as one of the defenders assigned to Doncic, but getting his fourth early in the second half just brought back Lou Williams sooner. The high-scoring reserve finished with 21 points, going 4 of 7 on 3-pointers.

The Mavericks had taken the Southwest Division lead with a win at Houston for their fifth straight victory, but the expected title contenders from LA offered a dose of reality for a team looking to end a three-season run without reaching the playoffs.

Dallas was trailing by three when Doncic joined the rest of the starters on the bench in the final minute of the first quarter. By the time those five came back together in the second quarter, the Los Angeles lead was 48-32.

The LA bench scored 16 of the 20 points during the run, with Leonard getting the other four. The NBA's highest-scoring bench finished with 44 points. Dallas, fourth on that list, scored 37 bench points, most with the outcome no longer in doubt.

Kristaps Porzingis drained a 28-footer 22 seconds into the game, then missed five straight shots before making one from the Mavericks logo at center court, measured at 35 feet, for the final bucket of the first half. Still, LA led 62-46.

The 7-foot-3 Latvian finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the first meeting of Dallas' young European pairing against the LA duo tilted heavily in favor of George and Leonard. The LA stars combined to go 19 of 42 from the field, and 5 of 13 from 3.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 12 points two nights after tying his career high with 34 against New Orleans to help finish a sweep of a five-game homestand. ... Leonard had a team high-tying eight rebounds, and Williams had six rebounds and six assists.

Mavericks: Doncic had a third straight game without a triple-double, the longest run without one this season for the NBA's leader in triple-doubles (seven). ... Dallas shot a season-low 38 percent. ... Seth Curry scored 13 off the bench, and J.J. Barea had 12.

UP NEXT

Clippers: At Memphis to finish their fourth back-to-back of the season. It's the second road game in a stretch with seven of nine away from home.

Mavericks: At Phoenix on Friday to start their second three-game road trip of the season.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Named Western Conference Player of the Week]]>565444232Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:29:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-112519.jpg

The Mavericks' Luka Doncic led Dallas to a 4-0 record, while averaging 37.0 points per game, to earn Western Conference Player of the Week honors, the NBA announced Monday.

Doncic, who was recognized for the first time in his career, scored 37.0 points per game while shooting 55.4% from the field, 44.4% from 3-point range and 78.8% from the free-throw line. He also averaged 8.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists per game.

The award includes games played from Nov. 18-24.

The 20-year-old became the youngest player in league history to post four straight games with at 30 points and 10 rebounds, surpassing Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who did so at 22 years old.

Doncic started the week with a 40-point triple-double on Nov. 18 against San Antonio and posted another triple-double Wednesday against the defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.

On Friday, Doncic scored 30 points and dished out 14 assists in the Mavericks' win over Cleveland, and Sunday he tallied 41 points and 10 assists in a victory over Houston.

The third pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Doncic is second in the NBA in scoring (30.6 points per game) and assists (9.8 assists per game) and 12th in boards (10.1 rebounds per game).

Doncic is the first Mavericks' player to be named Player of the Week since J.J. Barea was recognized in 2016. The reigning Rookie of the Year is just the 13th Dallas player to win the award, joining Jay Vincent, Mark Aguirre, Roy Tarpley, Jamal Mashburn, Jason Kidd, Michael Finley, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Josh Howard, Monta Ellis and Barea.

At 11-5 on the season, Dallas leads the Southwest Division and is tied for fourth in the Western Conference.



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<![CDATA[Doncic, Hardaway Jr. Lead Mavs to Rout of Rockets]]>565404051Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:59:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-112419.jpg

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle didn't want his team to get overexcited about its convincing victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

He was, however, quick to note the importance of the victory.

"This is a big win. There's no question about that," Carlisle said. "You come in here, this is a big-time place to play and you're playing against great players. So our guys deserve credit but this is a process and it's day by day and week by week and we've got to continue to go for daily improvement."

Luka Doncic scored 41 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added a season-high 31 and the Mavericks never trailed in the 137-123 romp.

The Mavericks scored 45 points in the first quarter and were up 78-60 at halftime. Hardaway had 19 in the half, Doncic 17 and Kristaps Porzingis 15.

"That first quarter killed us," Houston's P.J. Tucker said.

James Harden was asked what Houston did wrong defensively.

"Everything," he said. "We allowed them to do whatever they wanted to do from the beginning of the game and when you give a team like that comfort ... they gain confidence. And that's what they did."

The Mavericks has won five straight, scoring at least 137 in the last three. Houston has lost three straight after winning eight in a row.

Dallas knew that the Rockets had a quick turnaround after playing a game in Los Angeles on Friday night and focused on getting off to a good start.

"It was important," Hardaway said. "We wanted to make sure we came out of the gate with some firepower, some energy."

The Mavericks got a dunk from Dwight Powell to push the lead to 11 early in the fourth quarter. Houston used a 6-0 run after that shot to get to 110-105 with 9 minutes to go.

Doncic ended the run with a jump shot, but Russell Westbrook added a basket seconds later to cut it to five again.

Dallas was still up by 5 later in the quarter before scoring the next five points, with a dunk from Hardaway, to make it 119-109 midway through period, and Houston didn't get close again.

James Harden had 32 points for Houston but was just 2 of 15 on 3-pointers in a game where the Rockets made 10 of 44 3-point attempts.

The Mavericks had extended the lead to 16 later in the fourth when Doncic scored six points in a row, capped by a 3-pointer to make it 132-113 with about 3 1/2 minutes to go.

Dallas led by 20 in the third quarter before Houston scored the next seven points, with a 3-pointer from Tucker, to get to 89-76 midway through the period.

The Mavericks were up by 16 later in the third after two free throws by Dorian Finney-Smith before Tucker made consecutive baskets to cut the lead to 103-91.

Harden added two free throws, but Hardaway made a jump shot seconds later to make it 105-93.

Westbrook made a basket to wrap up the third quarter and cut the lead to 10 entering the fourth.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Seth Curry was back after sitting out the last game because of an illness. ... Porzingis finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. ... Doncic had 10 assists and six rebounds. ... Doncic and Hardaway made five 3-pointers each.

Rockets: House returned after missing the last game with a sore left shoulder. ... Clint Capela had 21 points and 22 rebounds. ... Westbrook scored 27 points with six assists and five rebounds.

HARDAWAY'S HEALTH
Hardaway has been an important player for the Mavericks this season after undergoing surgery on his left leg because of a stress fracture in April.

"My leg feels amazing," Hardaway said. "I'm getting back to my old self and just trying to make the most out of the opportunity right now."

Sunday was his third straight game with at least 16 points after he had just one such performance in his first 13 games this season.

THEY SAID IT
Houston coach Mike D'Antoni on the team's start Sunday: "They punched us good and we fall all the way back. A lot of time when you do that, you run out of gas."

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Rockets: Host Miami on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Rolls With Nowitzki Watching, Mavs Rout Cavs 143-101]]>565365622Fri, 22 Nov 2019 21:53:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1189462630.jpg

Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 assists with former teammate Dirk Nowitzki watching as a retiree for the first time, and the Dallas Mavericks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 143-101 on Friday night.

Nowitzki stayed away for the first eight Dallas home games after setting an NBA record of 21 seasons with the same franchise while finishing last season as the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history.

The big German got a standing ovation when shown on the video board in the first quarter from his courtside seat next to owner Mark Cuban.

It was Nowitzki's first live look at Dallas' new European pairing of Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 Latvian who missed his five shots but made his last six, finishing with 17 points and four blocks.

Nowitzki gave a hint that he might be on the way by tweeting about the traffic near his old home arena on the street that was renamed in his honor before the season started.

Rookie Darius Garland scored a career-high 23 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their sixth straight game while getting swept in a second consecutive season series against Dallas. Cleveland lost at home by 20 early this month.

Doncic is still waiting to record three straight triple-doubles for the first time. For the third time in the rookie of the year's two seasons, the 20-year-old Slovenian fell short, finishing with seven rebounds while sitting all of the fourth quarter for the second straight game.

Porzingis also was on the bench the whole fourth two nights after Dallas led Golden State by 50 points in the second half of a 142-94 win. The final margin of 42 was also the Mavericks' biggest lead against the Cavaliers.

Dallas (10-5) moved five games above .500 for the first time since late in the 2015-16 season, which ended up being Nowitzki's final trip to the playoffs after leading the franchise to its only championship in 2011.

Tim Hardaway Jr. gave Cleveland coach John Beilein another a reminder of his Michigan days. Hardaway scored 16 points two days after another of Beilein's former Wolverines, Duncan Robinson, scored a career-high 29 points in Miami's 124-100 victory.

The Mavericks took control with a 16-0 run while Doncic was on the bench in the first half, turning a 26-24 deficit into a 40-26 lead. Justin Jackson hit two 3-pointers early in the run.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Garland's previous high was 15 against Washington on Nov. 8. He was 5 of 7 from long range. ... Tristan Thompson had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists after missing a game for rest. ... Cedi Osman was 4 of 6 from 3 and scored 18 points.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry missed a second straight game with an illness. ... Hardaway was 4 of 5 on 3-pointers as Dallas shot 54% from long range (20 of 37). Doncic was 4 of 8 from 3 and 11 of 18 overall.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Portland at home Saturday to finish second back-to-back in a week.

Mavericks: At Houston on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Has 33 First-Half Points, Mavs Hammer Warriors]]>565260491Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:31:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-112019.jpg

The front of their jerseys said "San Francisco" and the names on the back weren't the same Golden State Warriors that reached the past five NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks took full advantage.

Luka Doncic scored 33 of his 35 points in the first half and had yet another triple-double to help Dallas hammer short-handed Warriors 142-94 on Wednesday night.

Doncic fell a point short of matching Dirk Nowitzki's team record for points in a half, set Nov. 3, 2009, against Utah. Doncic was 10 for 11 from the floor, making 6 of 7 3-pointers, and hit 7 of 8 free throws.

The second-year star from Slovenia was coming off a 40-point triple-double Monday. With his team up big on this night, Doncic played only 25 minutes total, but still managed 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles in 14 games.

"If he had kept playing today, he probably would have had 50 (points)," teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. said. "He's doing a great job playing with the utmost confidence."

Doncic had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds in the first quarter alone.

"I see (the stats), but I don't know what to say," Doncic said. "It's great to read about. I just enjoy the basketball."

The Mavericks tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers while sending Golden State to its worst loss since a 1973 playoff game.

"Flush it down the toilet," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said when asked what his team can take away from the game. "Literally, you just move on. You don't take anything from a game like this."

Rookie Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 22 points.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 for Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth-straight double-double.

WOUNDED WARRIORS
The Warriors are an NBA-worst 3-13. Their five-year run of at the top of the NBA has collapsed under a weight of injuries, with Draymond Green out Wednesday because of right heel soreness.

With Green out, Golden State dressed only eight players, none of whom suited up for the team last season when it made the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.

Kerr could at least find humor in the Warriors' result.

"Tough to lose by 48 points, but a break here or there and it only would have been 42 points," Kerr said, then paused and added, "Nobody caught the sarcasm? I was trying to be funny."

SUPERNOVAS
Paschall, Warriors teammate Omari Spellman and the Mavs' Jalen Brunson all started for Villanova during their run to the 2018 national championship. All finished in double figures on Wednesday, with Brunson scoring 15 on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting night. Spellman had 11 for Golden State.

"It's always great playing against all my Villanova guys," said Paschall, holding Brunson's Dallas jersey that his former teammate had given him after the game. "It proves what Coach (Jay) Wright has done."

HARDAWAY MAKES IT LOOK EASY
Hardaway got the start in place of Seth Curry, who was ill, and he took advantage of the assignment, tying his season high with 20 points.

"I just wanted to see a couple go in," Hardaway said. "I wanted to go in there and make a presence for myself and for the team."

TIP-INS
Warriors: One of the few things that went the Warriors' way was when coach Steve Kerr challenged a defensive foul call on Willie Cauley-Stein with 1:56 left in the first half, and the call was reversed into an offensive foul on Dallas' Dwight Powell.

Mavericks: Dallas previously made 22 3s in a game twice, the last time in February against Milwaukee.

UP NEXT
Warriors: At Utah on Friday night.

Mavericks: Host Cleveland on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Fans Have Mixed Reactions About New Jersey]]>565257551Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:42:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs+City+Edition.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks released the design of the team’s new City Edition uniforms, and it’s getting a strong reaction from fans. Some love it. Some can't stand it.

Dallas native Tex Moton is the man behind the design. He said the finished product was two years in the making.

"The subtleties in the design that I feel were important was the tie back to the green, but in a modernized approach," he said.

Moton said it was an honor to be tapped for the project.

"I think the moment that it really becomes a reality to me is going to be game day when they step out on the court," he said.

Love it or hate, it's here until next season.

Moton said he's fine with fans' opinions and pleased with what he put out.

"I just try to stay in my lane and if I'm pleased with the results and the people around me that I work with are pleased with it, I’m happy," he said.

The jersey's official release is set for Nov. 26 at the Art + Basketball party at the American Airlines Center.



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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 42 in Triple-Double, Mavs Top Spurs]]>565134692Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:19:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-1118191.jpg

Luka Doncic scored a career-high 42 points in his sixth triple-double of the young NBA season and the Dallas Mavericks sent the San Antonio Spurs to their sixth straight loss, 117-110 on Monday night.

Dallas led wire to wire but had to fend off a late Spurs rally, needing every bit of Doncic's huge performance.

The 20-year-old second-year player leads the NBA in triple-doubles after finishing with 11 rebounds and 12 assists to go with the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds to play that put the Mavericks up 115-110. Doncic joined LeBron James as the only players in NBA history younger than 21 to have a 40-point triple-double.

Dorian Finney-Smith added a career-best 22 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas.

San Antonio has lost eight of nine and is off to its worst start since 1996-97, the season before it drafted former star and current assistant coach Tim Duncan. The Spurs' losing streak is their longest since 2011.

DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 36 points for the Spurs, helping to lead a fourth-quarter surge after they trailed 93-79 entering the period.

With Dallas up 110-107, both Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills missed potential game-tying 3s. Doncic corralled his 10th rebound off Mills' miss. On the ensuing possession, Finney-Smith scooped up a loose ball and fired an off-balance 20-footer just as the shot clock expired that fell through to put Dallas up five.

After Rudy Gay's 3 brought the Spurs back within two, Doncic stepped back and hit the 3 that finally finished off San Antonio.

The Spurs scored on 10 of their first 11 possessions in the second half and got within 68-64 midway through the third quarter, but Doncic drove the lane to score and draw a foul. His free throw missed, but Porzingis tracked down the rebound and fed an open Finney-Smith for a dunk.

Dallas used that sequence to start a 17-6 run, with Doncic, Finney-Smith and Porzingis scoring all the points.

The Mavericks blitzed the Spurs early, jumping out to a 32-14 lead behind 17 first-quarter points from Doncic.

DeRozan nearly answered that with 15 points in the second, bringing the Spurs to 59-49 at the break.

TIP-INS
Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovich talked about Duncan, in his first season as an assistant coach: "His mere presence is valuable. When a young kid has Tim Duncan put his arm around them and guide them in a certain way, give them a piece of advice, that's way more important than what I can do."

Mavericks: This was their first matchup with the Spurs since the retirement of Dirk Nowitzki. He played against the Spurs 78 times in the regular season, more than any other team. Nowitzki also faced San Antonio 36 more times in the playoffs over six series between 2001 and 2014.

UP NEXT
Spurs: At the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 26 Points, Leads Mavs Past Raptors]]>565054892Sat, 16 Nov 2019 23:09:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-111619.jpg

Luka Doncic had 26 points and 15 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Toronto Raptors 110-102 on Saturday night.

Doncic scored nine points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks added to a one-point lead. He made all seven free throws in the quarter and finished with a career-best 15 free throws in 19 attempts.

Delon Wright finished with 15 points, and banked in a fadeaway with 5 seconds left in the third quarter to send Dallas into the fourth quarter with a 78-77 edge. Wright added six points in the fourth quarter.

Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points and matched his career best with 15 rebounds for Dallas. Seth Curry scored 15 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber had 10 apiece.

For Toronto, Norman Powell scored a season-high 26 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter. Fred VanVleet added 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 15 on 10-for-24 shooting, and Matt Thomas scored 10.

The Mavericks used a 15-0 run in the first quarter to transform a 10-3 deficit into an 18-10 lead. Kleber scored the first five points, and Finney-Smith ended the run with a layup 3 1/2 minutes later.

Dallas led 32-22 after the first quarter, with Doncic scoring 14 points. VanVleet had 10 for Toronto, which shot 30% (6 for 20) from the floor.

The Raptors roared back in the second quarter, shooting 61% (14 for 23) and outscoring the Mavericks 38-21 for a 60-53 halftime lead. Powell scored eight points in a 13-4 run that took Toronto from four points down five points ahead at 49-44.

Porzingis stepped up in the third quarter, scoring nine points, beginning with a 3-pointer that stopped a 10-2 run and gave Dallas a 63-62 advantage.

TIP-INS
Raptors: In Matt Thomas's ninth NBA game, he scored a career-high 10 points, all in the second quarter. He had scored eight twice before. ... Norman Powell had a chance for a 4-point play in the fourth quarter, but he missed the free throw after Dallas's Jalen Brunson fouled him on the shot.

Mavericks: A video review showed that a shot by Kristaps Porzingis in the second quarter left his hand after 24 seconds expired, so 2 points were deducted from the scoreboard. ... The game matched the NBA's fifth-leading scorer Luka Doncic (28.7ppg.) and eighth-leading scorer Pascal Siakam (27.2 ppg.).

UP NEXT
Raptors: Return home for two games, beginning Monday against Charlotte.

Mavericks: Play the second of a four-game homestand on Monday against San Antonio.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Knicks Spoil Porzingis' Return to New York, Win 106-103]]>564964212Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:44:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Marcus Morris made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining to delight a Madison Square Garden crowd that booed Kristaps Porzingis all night, and the New York Knicks beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-103 on Thursday.

Morris also knocked away the Mavericks' inbounds pass with under a second left, sending the Knicks to just their third victory in 12 games this season.

Porzingis finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds in his first game in New York as a visitor. Luka Doncic had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in his fifth triple-double of the season.

Porzingis was the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft who developed first into a fan favorite and then an All-Star. But he soured on the Knicks, and the fans have clearly soured on him. They jeered him when the Mavs hit the floor for pregame warmups, continued during the national anthem, when Porzingis won the opening tip and whenever else he touched the ball in the early going.

Morris scored 20 points and Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who were playing their first home game since they were routed Sunday by Cleveland. Afterward, team President Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held a press conference to express their disappointment with the team's start.

They were much better in this one, fueled by a crowd that treated Porzingis as rudely as any foe who has played at Madison Square Garden in recent years.

He was playing at MSG for the first time since tearing his ACL on Feb. 6, 2018. While rehabbing the injury, he was surprisingly dealt to Dallas on Jan. 31 after Knicks management said he told them in a meeting that day that he didn't want to stay with the franchise.

Porzingis looked rattled at the beginning and then confused in the middle, appearing to walk toward the wrong tunnel at halftime before stopping and turning to exit the opposite direction.

He couldn't silence the early boos with a basket, missing his first four shots before finally getting his first field goal on a tip-in about four minutes into the second quarter.

Doncic missed his first six 3-pointers, then made three in a row late in the third quarter. When he finally missed another, Porzingis soared in to slam home the miss with 0.4 seconds left and tie it at 87-all headed to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: After going 1 for 11 on Monday in a loss at Boston, Porzingis finished 7 for 17. ... Tim Hardaway Jr., who was part of the trade with Porzingis, scored 12 points off the bench.

Knicks: Mitchell Robinson had 16 points and eight rebounds after being cleared to return from a concussion following a three-game absence. ... The Knicks ended a five-game winning streak by visiting teams in the series, including their victory last Friday in Dallas.

SMITH STARS

Dennis Smith Jr., the former Mav who came to New York in the Porzingis trade, had 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds. He was shooting just 1 for 14 for the season coming into the game. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said he talked to Smith on Friday in Dallas, after the guard had returned to the team following a death in the family but not rejoined the lineup. "He's a tremendous young talent," Carlisle said. "He's a great kid."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Toronto on Saturday.

Knicks: Host Charlotte on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Newy: Mavericks' Future Is Bright With Kristaps Porzingis]]>564889462Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:47:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+MAVERICKS+MTR.jpg

Kristaps Porzingis will make his highly-anticipated return to Madison Square Garden Thursday night when the Mavericks visit the New York Knicks. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why the former all-star forward is fortunate to escape the mess in New York City.]]>
<![CDATA[Walker Gets Hot Late, Scores 29 as Celtics Beat Mavs]]>564788072Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:47:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Kemba Walker took on some extra responsibility at the offensive end in Boston's first game since Gordon Hayward broke his left hand.

Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points, Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106 Monday night.

"I was just trying to be aggressive, trying to make the right plays," Walker said. "My shot felt good the whole night. I was just missing them. Then, in the fourth quarter, just naturally, the competitive nature just comes out and I try to do what I can do to put the ball in the basket."

Marcus Smart scored 17 points, Daniel Theis chipped in with 11 and Brad Wanamaker had 10 for Boston, which won its eighth straight game since a season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Jayson Tatum shot 1 for 18 from the field and scored only five points for the Celtics.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks (6-4) with 34 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Maxi Kleber had 15 points with eight boards.

Kristaps Porzingis scored just four points on 1-of-11 shooting for Dallas.

"Porzingis had a tough night. We're just going to flush it and move on," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said with a laugh. "You know, there's nights like this. You've just got to flush it and move forward."

Porzingis took a lot of blame for the loss.

"I had an off night tonight, and guys stepped up," he said. "Guys fought until the end, and we were right there. If I had a better game, the result could have been much different."

The Celtics released a statement during the opening quarter that said Hayward had surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his non-shooting hand. He was injured during their previous game in San Antonio when he collided with LaMarcus Aldridge as the Spurs' big man set a screen.

"I got word at halftime that surgery went well," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "We're going to have to find other guys to step up, especially off the bench."

Boston trailed by two before going on an 11-2 spurt over a 1:32 stretch to move ahead 101-94 with 4:11 to play on Walker's 3 from the right wing. Smart then converted a three-point play.

Walker nailed his three big shots from beyond the arc in a span of 1:09.

Dallas took its first lead, 88-86, on Tim Hardaway Jr.'s one-handed runner in the lane. The Mavericks held a 92-90 edge before Walker took over.

The teams were tied at halftime before Boston opened the second half with a 15-3 surge. Smart started the run with a 3 from the right corner. Walker and Brown added 3s on consecutive possessions.

Doncic then started to take over, scoring nine of the Mavericks' 11 points as they closed to 84-79 at the end of the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Porzingis didn't play in Dallas' previous game, resting as he returns from left knee surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2018-19 season. "He was (struggling), but you know this is what happens to great players," Doncic said. "They have a bad night. So expect, I think, the next game he's going to have at least 30 points. He keeps working. He just came back from injury."

Celtics: C Enes Kanter returned after missing seven games with a bruised left knee. "I felt it a little bit," he said when asked if he was fatigued during his nearly six minutes in the game. . Theis injured his right pinkie and went to the locker room early in the game. He came back to the bench and had the pinkie taped to his ring finger before going back in.

QUICK START

Boston jumped to an 8-0 lead and led by 10 twice -- once in each quarter -- during the opening half.

SALUTE

The Celtics honored 103-year-old Peter Fantasia, who served in World War II, on the court during a second-quarter timeout.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the New York Knicks on Thursday in Porzingis' return to Madison Square Garden against his original team.

Celtics: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 24 Points as Mavs Defeat Grizzlies 138-122]]>564716781Sat, 09 Nov 2019 22:31:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1181263680.jpg

Luka Doncic fell just short of a triple-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 138-122 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Doncic recorded his stats in three quarters as Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle sat the second-year guard while Dallas maintained a double-digit lead in the final period. Kristaps Porzingis already had taken the night off recovering from a left knee injury.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points for Dallas, Justin Jackson had 17 points and Seth Curry scored 16, all in the first half.

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jae Crowder added 18 points for the Grizzlies, which lost their second straight.

Doncic helped Dallas pull away in the third quarter, scoring 14 points to give the Mavericks a 104-91 lead entering the fourth.

Memphis played without leading scorer and rookie Ja Morant, who took the night off for rest. Additionally, rookie forward Brandon Clarke did not play to for injury maintenance on a sore back.

The Mavericks used 52% shooting in the first half to carry a 68-62 lead into the break with Curry scoring his 16 points.

Crowder and Marko Guduric led Memphis with 10 points each.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Boban Marjanovic started his first game of the season. ... The stop in Memphis was the first of a three-game, six-day road trip that will carry Dallas 3,535 miles. ... Hardaway converted a 4-point play in the second quarter. ... Doncic failed to reach 25 points for only the second time this season. The only other game when he didn't score at least 25 was Oct. 29 when he had 12 at Denver.

Grizzlies: First back-to-back of 12 this season after loss in Orlando on Friday. ... G Grayson Allen missed his fourth straight game with left ankle soreness. ... Rookie Marko Guduric scored 14 points, the first time he has reached double figures in the young season.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Boston on Monday night.

Grizzlies: At San Antonio on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Knicks Beat Former Cornerstone Porzingis and Mavs]]>564697291Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:44:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Marcus Morris scored a season-high 29 points and the New York Knicks beat Kristaps Porzingis in their first game against the former cornerstone of the franchise, holding off the Dallas Mavericks 106-102 on Friday night.

Porzingis scored 28 points and Luka Doncic added a career-high 38 in already his fourth triple-double, but the Mavericks didn't get much help from anyone besides their new European pair as the Knicks won for just the second time in nine games this season.

After matching his highest-scoring half in Dallas with 18 points before halftime, Porzingis hit a driving finger-roll layup to get the Mavericks even early in the fourth quarter after they trailed by 12 late in the third.

But the Knicks broke a 92-all tie with a 9-0 run. Morris started it with three free throws after Porzingis committed his fifth foul on a 3-pointer. Julius Randle, who grew up in the Dallas area and finished with 21 points, capped it with a jumper.

Dallas was still within four when rookie R.J. Barrett missed two free throws, but Randle easily beat Porzingis to the rebound and made both free throws after drawing the sixth foul on the 7-foot-3 Latvian who was the centerpiece of a blockbuster deal last January.

Doncic had 14 rebounds and 10 assists but also eight turnovers, one shy of the most of the reigning rookie of the year's career. He had a chance to tie on a long 3-pointer after Taj Gibson missed two free throws with 25 seconds left, but it bounced off the rim.

Porzingis injured his left knee in his last game with the Knicks on Feb. 6, 2018. He didn't play again until making his Dallas debut this season when the Mavericks decided he wouldn't play the rest of last season following the trade involving seven players and two draft picks.

Almost exactly 21 months since that game, Porzingis played with a purpose early, hitting his first 3-pointer while finishing 4 of 8 from long range.

It was also Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr.'s first game against his former team, and while he had two late 3-pointers to keep Dallas close, the bevy of misses before that didn't help the Mavericks.

Barrett, the third overall pick in 2019 after Doncic went with the same choice last year, scored a season-low three points on 1-of-9 shooting. He also missed five of six free throws.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr., the key piece for New York in the Porzingis trade, missed his sixth straight game after the death of the point guard's stepmother. Smith rejoined the team in Dallas, but coach David Fizdale said Smith was probably another game away from returning. ... Bobby Portis had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Frank Ntilikina had 14 points and four steals.

Mavericks: Doncic made consecutive 3s after starting 1 of 7 from long range, the same finishing total in the previous game against Orlando. He finished 3 of 11. ... Hardaway was 5 of 15 from the field and 3 of 10 from 3. He was only other double-figure scorer for Dallas with 14.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Cleveland at home Sunday. New York has lost 10 straight at home to the Cavaliers.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Saturday in their first back-to-back of the season. Coach Rick Carlisle said before the season the Mavericks were considering sitting Porzingis on the second night of back-to-backs in his return from the knee injury.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic's 27, Late Charge Calls Help Mavs Top Magic]]>564592931Wed, 06 Nov 2019 22:36:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-110619.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 27 points and Dallas drew two charges on Aaron Gordon in the final minute, helping the Mavericks hang on for a 107-106 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Trying to protect a one-point lead, the Mavericks had two of their 17 turnovers on consecutive possessions before each of the fouls on Gordon, who was trying to drive on the first call and attempting to make a move at the 3-point line on the second.

The Magic got one more chance when Dallas' Seth Curry missed two free throws with seven seconds to go. But Nikola Vucevic's wide-open 3 near the key bounced off the rim as time expired in Orlando's fourth straight loss and the 10th in a row for the road team in this series.

Doncic finished with seven rebounds and seven assists, falling short of what would have been three straight triple-doubles for the first time in the reigning rookie of the year's career.

Gordon led Orlando with 23 points, but had just two after halftime. Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Jonathan Isaac finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

J.J. Barea, a 13-year veteran with a history of bringing energy off the bench for the Mavericks, made his season debut in the second quarter and scored 11 straight Dallas points -- all of his scoring -- while Doncic and fellow Euro star Kristaps Porzingis were struggling.

Three consecutive 3-pointers from Barea helped Dallas get within two at halftime (56-54) after trailing by 10 in the first half.

Porzingis scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds. Maxi Kleber scored 14, and Dwight Powell added 12. Doncic was 1 of 7 from 3, with the only make in the fourth quarter. Porzingis was 1 of 5 from beyond the arc.

Orlando, second-to-last in the NBA at 27 percent from 3-point range coming in, missed all seven 3s in the first quarter, capped by Michael Carter-Williams' air ball while wide open in the corner in the final seconds of the first.

Gordon was 9 of 11 from the field before halftime, including the only 3 before the break for the Magic, who finished 6 of 24 (25 percent) from long range.

TIP-INS
Magic: Steve Clifford coached his 500th game. His record is 240-260. It's Clifford's second season in Orlando after five with Charlotte. ... Carter-Williams didn't attempt another 3 but finished with 13 points along with D.J. Augustin.

Mavericks: Barea was considered healthy when the season started but didn't play the first six games after an Achilles injury limited him to 38 games last season. Coach Rick Carlisle did say in the preseason that the Mavericks would be cautious with Barea. ... Dallas went on a 15-3 run in the third quarter to erase Orlando's biggest lead, which was 11.

UP NEXT
Magic: Memphis on Friday to start a five-game homestand, the longest of the season.

Mavericks: Knicks at home Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Wounded Soldiers Treated to Dinner, Courtside Mavs Seat]]>564589771Wed, 06 Nov 2019 22:48:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Seats+for+Soldiers+110619.jpg

It starts with a seat at the table inside Nick and Sam's Grill in the Park Cities enjoying a donated five-star meal. It ends with the soldiers receiving a hero's welcome at the American Airlines Center while they enjoy a Dallas Mavericks game from courtside seats.

Mavericks season ticket holders Neal and Jamie Hawks created Seats for Soldiers, donating their tickets to eight wounded soldiers the first time around. Now in its 15th season, it grew to host 150 soldiers Wednesday.

"They're not having to worry about their next surgery or what comes next for them medically," Jamie Hawk said. "But a day where they can just enjoy life like you and I enjoy it because they've given up so much sacrificing for us."

Sometimes physical sacrifices.

Retired Army Master Sgt. Leroy Petry lost his hand on Memorial Day 2008 when he grabbed a grenade to save his team.

Wednesday was the second time he participated in Seats for Soldiers.

"To see that they've improved it every year and they are continuing to do it is amazing," Petry said.

One of two Medal of Honor recipients at Wednesday's game, he said he was glad to be back to help inspire the recovering soldiers.

"Try to motivate them that their recovery is going to may be lengthy but it's worth it in the end and they can do it together," Petry said.

While they enjoy this moment away from their reality to cheer on the Mavericks, they know it's all made possible by people cheering them on for their service.

"It means a lot," Fort Worth native Eric Anderson said. "It lets you know you are not the only one in the fight. That you have other people that may not have the diagnosis or carry the burden that we do, but they are here to support us and we can lean on them if we need to."

After the game the soldiers also got a chance take pictures with Mavs players and coaches.

They'll then fly back to San Antonio on a chartered flight donated by American Airlines.



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<![CDATA[Doncic Triple-Double Powers Mavericks Over Cavaliers ]]>564329111Sun, 03 Nov 2019 21:16:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-110319.jpg

Luca Doncic posted his second straight triple-double -- and third of the season -- with 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high tying 15 assists, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points and nine rebounds and Boban Marjanovic had 12 points and eight boards off the bench for the Mavericks, who are 3-0 on the road for the first time since their championship season of 2010-2011.

The reigning Rookie of the Year completed his triple-double with 3:44 left in the third quarter on an assist to Marjanovic. The 6-foot-7 Slovenian had 11 points, four boards and five assists during the period as Dallas built an 86-76 advantage.

Two nights earlier, Doncic collected 31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a 119-110 overtime loss to the Lakers. His 11 career triple-doubles before the age of 21 are an NBA record, four more than Magic Johnson's previous mark.

Kevin Love had a season-high 29 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points for the Cavaliers, who lost for the first time in three home games under coach John Beilein. Cleveland seized a 23-15 lead as Love scored 13 points in the first seven minutes.

Doncic sank his first five shots, including three 3-pointers, and delivered a highlight-worthy, behind-the-back pass while driving down the lane to Porzingis for a trey. He had 16 points, eight boards and seven assists as Dallas carried a 58-53 lead into halftime.

Neither team attempted a free throw in the first half until Cleveland center Tristan Thompson went to the line with 38 seconds left in the second quarter. Seth Curry subsequently shot a pair on the Mavericks' final possession.

Thompson had 11 points and 12 rebounds, reaching double figures in the latter for the sixth game in a row to start the season.

Jalen Brunson scored 14 points and Curry had 13 as Dallas had seven players score 10 or more points.

STILL SALTY
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wasn't placated by the NBA's official report stating that Lakers C Dwight Howard should have been called for an offensive foul against Mavericks G Seth Curry before Danny Green buried a 3-pointer to force OT Friday. "Hopefully (next time), the officials call an obvious foul on the other team at the end," he said sternly. "We were one whistle away from a huge win."

FAN CLUB
At 66, Beilein of the Cavaliers is the oldest, non-interim, first-time coach in NBA history. Carlisle is delighted to have him in the league after 41 seasons at the college level. "He's a brilliant coach and I've been a fan of his for over a decade," Carlisle said. "He doesn't need any advice from me. He's a very experienced coach and is highly, highly qualified to be in this league."

TIP-INS
Mavericks: C Maxi Kleber (right knee bruise) was inactive, but Carlisle said his injury was "not serious" and expects the third-year pro to return to practice Tuesday. . Curry played in one game with Cleveland as a rookie on March 22, 2014. . Assistant coach Jenny Boucek was a member of the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA.

Cavaliers: G Matthew Dellavedova (personal reasons) was unavailable for the second straight game. G Brandon Knight, who did not appear in Cleveland's first four contests, had 10 points while filling in for him as the backup point guard. .. Love had a streak of five straight double-doubles to open the season snapped.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host Orlando on Wednesday. Dallas has won seven straight over the Magic at American Airlines Center.

Cavaliers: Host Boston on Tuesday. The Celtics swept their four-game season series with Cleveland in 2018-2019.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Davis, James Carry Lakers Past Mavs 119-110 in OT Thriller]]>564270051Sat, 02 Nov 2019 08:09:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

LeBron James faced the crowd and sidestepped his way up the floor after a punctuating 3-pointer in overtime made possible by Danny Green's buzzer-beating 3 in regulation.

The Lakers star took an extra peek toward the national TV crew at center court, perhaps to gauge the entertainment value of the first matchup of the 15-time All-Star alongside Anthony Davis against Dallas' young European pair of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

The extra period was anticlimactic -- but didn't really take away from the second half that preceded it.

Davis started overtime with back-to-back dunks after Green's corner 3, and the Lakers beat the Mavericks 119-110 on Friday night amid matching triple-doubles from James and Doncic, the Slovenian who grew up admiring the four-time MVP.

"You never know who you can inspire along your path," James said. "For me, playing the game the right way, getting my teammates involved and playing for the purity of the game, I was able to inspire a kid that wasn't even in America. That's pretty special."

James had a season-high 39 points with 16 assists and 10 rebounds, while Doncic finished with 31 points, a career-high 15 assists and 13 boards.

According to the NBA, they became the youngest and oldest players in NBA history with triple-doubles that included at least 30 points and 15 assists, doing so in the same game.

The 20-year-old Doncic, who grew up modeling his game after James, had his 10th career triple-double, extending his record for the most for a player under 21. James, who has 82 for his career, is third on that list with five.

James had nine points in overtime, starting with a three-point play that followed Davis' dunks for a second 10-0 run going back to regulation -- following one that immediately wiped out a 10-point halftime lead to start the third quarter.

The last of Doncic's assists went to Dorian Finney-Smith for a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation. The Mavericks got a stop, but Dwight Powell missed one of two free throws to keep their lead at three, setting up Green's tying corner 3 on James' 14th assist.

The Mavericks had a foul to give when James dribbled inside the 3-point line before finding Green.

"That's on me," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Our plan in that situation was to foul a guy on the catch in a non-shooting situation. But the fact that we were unable to do it is on me."

Davis had 31 points and eight rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 16 points and nine boards after a fast start for the 7-foot-3 Latvian that included a crossover dribble 3-pointer in front of Davis in the best test yet of opposing big-name duos for him and Doncic.

Doncic had his triple-double before the end of the third quarter, helping the Mavericks restore all but one point of a 10-point halftime lead after the Lakers put together a 10-0 run coming out of halftime.

"You can't watch this game and say the NBA isn't one of the most enjoyable things to watch in the world," Carlisle said. "We're not happy about losing. That's all."

The Mavericks expanded a nine-point lead to 11 in the first half despite being without Doncic and Porzingis for nearly a full quarter because of foul trouble.

Part of the reason was the season debut of 7-foot-4 (formerly 7-3) Boban Marjanovic, who had four points and seven rebounds along with three fouls in 11 minutes.

TIP-INS

Lakers: James was 4 of 7 on 3s in the second half after missing his two attempts before halftime. ... Green finished with 14 points. Avery Bradley scored 11. ... At 4-1, the Lakers are off to their best start since going 8-0 to open the 2010-11 season.

Mavericks: Had a repeat of the starting lineup for the first time this season, using the one from a 109-106 win in Denver. It was Doncic, Porzingis, Powell, Seth Curry and Finney-Smith. Doncic and Porzingis are the only players to start all five games. ... Powell scored 14 points, Delon Wright had 12 and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 11. ... Dallas had five players in double figures after tying a franchise record with nine against the Nuggets.

DONCIC'S BUMP

Doncic took a hard fall in the final minute of regulation when he collided with Finney-Smith while they chased a loose ball on a rebound. He was checking the back of his head for blood as play continued and was getting stitches after the game.

KUZMA DEBUT

Kyle Kuzma made his season debut for the Lakers with nine points and three rebounds in 19 minutes, about how much coach Frank Vogel said he would play after missing the preseason with a right ankle injury from his stint with USA Basketball during the summer.

UP NEXT

Lakers: The second of three games on the season's first road trip Sunday at San Antonio.

Mavericks: At Cleveland on Sunday. Dallas won both games in the series last season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dallas Street Renamed 'Nowitzki Way' in Honor of Dirk]]>563998241Wed, 30 Oct 2019 20:49:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nowitzki-way-sign.jpg

Big D honored the Big German, Dirk Nowitzki, in a big way Wednesday.

A stretch of Olive Street in front of the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, was officially renamed Nowitzki Way.

"My first year, the city wouldn't have named a dumpster after me, much less a street," said Nowitzki during Wednesday's ceremony.

He retired earlier this year after 21 seasons with the Mavericks, the most for any one player with a single franchise in NBA history.

Nowitzki, who scored the sixth-most points in NBA history, spent 11 minutes thanking those who helped him achieve stardom on the basketball floor and guided him toward using his platform to make a difference off the court.

"There were some questions about why not 'Dirk Drive' or 'Dirk Way,'" Nowitzki said. "I also think this is for my family. I wanted my family name represented."

Cold and drizzle in Dallas on Wednesday forced part of the official ceremony inside the AAC from Victory Plaza, where it was supposed to take place.

When the ceremony moved outside the arena, the name Nowitzki Way was officially revealed.

"When I first bought the team, I never would have imagined in a million years we would be revealing a street sign named after Dirk," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. "I proud of him, thrilled for him, I think it's great for Dirk, and it's great for the community. He owns it, he earned it and he deserves it."

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Nowitzki Way signs are each as wide as Dirk is tall -- 7 feet.

"I'm sure it will sink in later when I drive by here and come to games or bring my kids to games," Nowitzki said. "It's something that will be there forever, so of course it makes me super proud."

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Mavs owner Mark Cuban, head coach Rick Carlisle, teammates and members of the City Council all attended the ceremony.

"Since he came to Dallas from Germany more than two decades ago, Dirk has made a tremendous impact on our city. His work ethic and his play on the court were legendary, and his philanthropic efforts continue to be sublime," Johnson said. "It is fitting that we are renaming a street to honor him both as a person and as the greatest Maverick of all time."

No amount of wind or rain could keep Francisco Armendariz away. The day the Mavs fan found out about the dedication ceremony he asked off from work. And by 9 a.m. Wednesday, Armendariz was sitting alone along Olive Street in a camping chair, proudly holding on to his 2011 Mavericks NBA Championship hat.

"[Because] he's Dirk," Armendariz said when asked why he would wait out in the elements. "He's somebody that I think is a role model. He has dedicated 21 years to the city of Dallas. I think I can dedicate four years, I mean four hours in the bad weather."



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<![CDATA[Kleber Scores 14 Points as Mavericks Beat Nuggets]]>564081531Wed, 30 Oct 2019 03:01:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Maxi-Kleber-Getty-102919.jpg

With their superstars held in check, the Dallas Mavericks relied on their supporting cast. They put on quite a show and helped hand Denver its first loss of the season.

Maxi Kleber had 14 points, seven rebounds and a key block late, and Dallas overcame off nights from Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic to beat the Nuggets 109-106 on Tuesday night.

Dallas had nine players score double figures, tying a franchise record, on a night their two top scorers combined for 22 points on 7 of 26 shooting. Doncic scored 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds. No Mavericks player scored more than 14 points.

"It demonstrates the importance of having a deep roster," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Denver is very deep. We're deep and we're going to use our guys."

Doncic and Porzingis were also cold from deep, missing 12 of 14 from 3-point range. Porzingis was 1 for 8 and Doncic hit 1 of 6 and missed three free throws.

"We did a great job on those guys but the other guys got off," said Gary Harris, who shadowed Doncic most of the game. "We can't allow that to happen. Those guys really hurt us today."

Nikola Jokic had his second triple-double of the season, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Paul Millsap had a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds. Will Barton scored 19 but it wasn't enough to prevent Denver from losing the second game of a back-to-back set.

"We couldn't get stops when we needed. Too many layups, too many broken assignments," Millsap said. "We just weren't disciplined enough."

The Mavericks rallied from 11 down in the third quarter on the strength of their support players. They did most of their damage after Denver took a nine-point lead late in the third quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr., who finished with 14 points, hit three 3-pointers and Dorian Finney-Smith two during a 30-10 run that gave Dallas a 103-94 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets chipped away at the lead and got within 107-106 on Harris' 3-pointer and appeared to take the lead with 1:05 left when Kleber was called for goaltending on Jamal Murray's layup.

The officials quickly reviewed the play and overturned the call, keeping Dallas ahead 107-106.

"It's an automatic trigger; any goaltending in the last two minutes that's called is automatically reviewed," Carlisle said. "It was pretty clear from my vantage point that it was going to be overturned."

Doncic hit a driving layup and Jokic lost the ball out of bounds with 29.2 seconds left. After Doncic missed two free throws Murray, who had 16 points, was hounded by Finney-Smith and missed everything on his 3-point attempt with 3.8 seconds left.

"I knew he was looking for a 3 so if he was going to get a shot off I just wanted it to be contested," Finney-Smith said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic took a shot to the side midway through the first quarter when he collided with Gary Harris going or a loose ball. He was bent over before a timeout but stayed in the game. ... C Dwight Powell made his season debut after missing the first three games with a left hamstring strain. He finished with four points in 13:34 of action.

Nuggets: Millsap's previous season high was 11. He had that many in the first 3:34 of the game. ... Denver was 12-1 in the second of back-to-back games last season.

BIG EASY

Kleber finished with three blocks and one steal to go along with his 14 points.

"Kleber catches people by surprise because they don't see him and all of a sudden he's blocking a shot," Carlisle said. "Sometimes it can elicit a whistle that blown by a referee who has never seen something like that before."

Kleber has earned the respect of his teammates.

"He's a great defender," Doncic said. "He can do a lot of things. It wasn't just that play."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the L.A. Lakers on Friday night.

Nuggets: At New Orleans on Thursday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[See Dirk’s New Digs in North Dallas’ Posh Preston Hollow]]>564015631Mon, 28 Oct 2019 20:02:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new+dirk+home.jpg

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki isn’t downsizing in his retirement.

The NBA legend just purchased a landmark North Dallas estate that will give him room to practice his free throw and lounge around the backyard pool.

Nowitzki bought the Preston Hollow estate previously owned by the late Dallas billionaire Charles Wyly.

The 11,394-square-foot mansion at 5906 Deloache Avenue hit the market last year with a price tag of $8.25 million.

You can read the full story and see more photos from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News by clicking here.



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<![CDATA[Newy: New-Look Dallas Mavericks Deserve Your Attention]]>564010652Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:54:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+MAVERICKS+WEB+PHOTO_2019-10-28-18-42-19.jpg

The new-look Dallas Mavericks are flashing their potential behind the dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why Rick Carlisle’s young and talented squad deserves your attention for the rest of the 2019-20 season.]]>
<![CDATA[Lillard's Late Layup Sends Trail Blazers Past Mavs]]>563958241Sun, 27 Oct 2019 20:26:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Damian-Lillard-Getty-102719.jpg

Damian Lillard's twisting layup with 26 seconds remaining proved to be the winner as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-119 on Sunday night.

Lillard's basket gave the Blazers a 120-119 lead. Dallas' Luka Doncic then missed a 3-point attempt and Portland won a challenge of a call that would have sent the Mavericks' Dorian Finney-Smith to the foul line.

Instead, there was a jump ball. The Blazers' Kent Bazemore got the ball and was fouled. He made the first of two free throws. Doncic rebounded and passed to Tim Hardaway, whose shot from about midcourt rattled off the front of the rim a time expired.

Lillard, who scored 67 points in Portland's first two games, finished with two points in the first half on 1-for-7 shooting. He scored 26 in the second half, finishing with 28.

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 35 points. Rodney Hood had 20 points, Bazemore 11 and Zach Collins 10.

The Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 points and Doncic finished 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Maxi Kleber had 14 points, Seth Curry 12 and Hardaway 11.

Portland never held the lead through the first three periods, but rallied to tie the game at 95 on one of two free throws by Lillard eight seconds before the end of the third quarter.

Dallas struggled through a 2-for-19 shooting spell and fell behind by as many as six points before Curry hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 107.

After Portland tied the score at 25 with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter, Dallas went on an 18-0 run for a 43-25 lead early in the second.

Kleber, who had totaled only eight points in the Mavericks' first two games, scored eight in the first 2:49 with two 3-pointers and a dunk. Kleber finished the first quarter with 12 points.

McCollum scored 18 points in the second quarter and had 24 in the first half. He made all six free throws and was 6 for 9 from the floor.

Dallas led at halftime 71-59.

TIP-INS
Blazers: F Zach Collins left the court holding his right shoulder in the third quarter. ... F/C Pau Gasol still hasn't played in his 18th season because of an injured left foot. Coach Terry Stotts said: "The only thing he's really doing on the court is spot-shooting, post moves, stuff like that but no contact."

Mavericks: Dallas had trailed after the first quarter in each of the first two games. ... Coach Rick Carlisle celebrated his 60th birthday Sunday. . F/C Dwight Powell (strained left hamstring) missed his third straight game

UP NEXT
Blazers: At San Antonio on Monday in the third of a four-game trip.

Mavericks: At Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic's Triple-Double Lifts Mavericks Over Pelicans]]>563892351Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:25:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-102519.jpg

Luka Doncic highlighted his triple-double by scoring eight of his 25 points in the final five minutes, and the Dallas Mavericks topped New Orleans 123-116 in the Pelicans' home opener Friday night.

Doncic also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points and five blocks. Delon Wright scored 18 for Dallas, which has won its first two games this season.

Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 25 points after scoring 22 in a loss at defending NBA champion Toronto to open the season Tuesday night. Derrick Favors and Josh Hart each had 16 points for the Pelicans, while Lonzo Ball added 15.

Jrue Holiday labored through an uncharacteristically rough shooting night, going just 2 of 11 from the field.

The game was tied at 109 after Ingram's jumper with about five minutes left, but Doncic responded with a jumper while being fouled by Holiday to start a six-point mini-run capped by Jalen Brunson's turnaround near the baseline that made it 115-109 with 3:22 to go.

New Orleans missed five straight 3-pointers before Ingram finally hit one to make it 115-112. Doncic's right-handed runner in the lane over a crowd of defenders, followed by his rainbow 3 off the glass with 1:23 left, made it 120-113, and the Pelicans could not recover.

New Orleans led by 16 early and double digits for much of the first half.

The Pelicans went up 53-40 on Nickeil Alexander-Walker's 3 in the second quarter, but Dallas outscored New Orleans 32-11 during the final eight minutes of the half.

Wright and Doncic each scored eight during that surge, which was ignited by Doncic's step-back 3. Soon after, Porzingis, who had 17 first-half points, added a dunk, a 3 and free throws on successive possessions to make it 55-50.

Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 3 put Dallas ahead 72-64 at halftime.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Brunson finished with 14 points and Maxi Kleber grabbed 10 rebounds. ... Dwight Powell, who plays center and forward, sat out his second straight game with a left hamstring strain. ... Coach Rick Carlisle lost a replay challenge of an officials' decision that Wright committed a blocking foul on Hart's fourth-quarter pull-up that cut the Mavs' lead to 103-101. ... Dallas went 14 of 40 from 3-point range but shot 48.4 percent (45 of 93) overall.

Pelicans: Reserve guard Frank Jackson scored 10 points in just 14:47. ... New Orleans finished 15 of 41 from 3-point range, with Ball missing nine of 12 and Hart missing four of five. ... Coach Alvin Gentry rotated 11 players into the game and 10 of them played at least 14 minutes. In New Orleans' opener at Toronto, 12 players got in the game, each playing at least 13 minutes. ... Top draft pick Zion Williamson, coming off arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee, was on the court for introductions in street clothes, using a crutch.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host Portland on Sunday.

Pelicans: Visit Houston on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Philanthropy, Parenting and Eating: Dirk on Life After Hoops]]>563885101Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:45:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+102519.jpg

We haven't seen much of Dallas Mavericks and NBA legend, Dirk Nowitzki since his emotional last game. No. 41 has largely kept a low profile, but NBC 5 caught up with him recently as he visited Children's Health in Dallas. Nowitzki and his wife Jessica are shining the spotlight on the nonprofit hospital, hoping to raise critical funds to update older facilities.

What has he been up to?

"I've been eating a lot more. A lot more sweets," Nowitzki said with a laugh.

In all seriousness, Nowitzki said he's focused on his young family.

"I try to be dad. I try to be hands-on dad for sure. It's fun, I try to be involved every day with school. There is Popsicle Pops, donuts with dads, there is something every other week."

Asked if being home with young kids is harder than winning an NBA championship, Nowitzki said, "Harder work at home for sure. I can run through practice for 4 hours straight."

What's on his bucket list in retirement? Dirk said there was one sport he would like to return to.

"There is one thing I definitely want to do and that's skiing again. I grew up skiing. We grew up like 3 hours from the Alps. So I want to go back to doing that. I wasn't able to do that over my contract for the last two decades. I want to, of course, have the kids start skiing. So that is something I want to do," he said.

The good news for North Texas -- Nowitzki and his family are here to stay. He said Dallas will always be home base.

"For sure we're here. All the kids were born here. I've been here for 20 years. Wifey has been here for almost fifteen," he said. "We are part of this community, we have a network here. We have friends here. This is definitely home."



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<![CDATA[Doncic-Porzingis Debut Carries Mavs Past Wizards, 108-100]]>563754691Wed, 23 Oct 2019 21:53:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1183022241.jpg

Luka Doncic had 34 points and nine rebounds and Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points in the European pair's long-awaited first game together, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-100 victory over the Washington Wizards in the season opener Wednesday night.

Porzingis missed his first four shots before taking a break and coming back to score nine points in the final 2:45 of the first quarter. The 7-foot-3 Latvian acquired in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline last season was 7 of 16 from the field.

Doncic and Porzingis traded long 3-pointers throughout the game, finishing 7 of 16 between them (4 of 9 for Doncic, 3 of 7 for Porzingis). Doncic was 12 of 19 overall to help the Mavericks win their opener for the first time in four years.

The Slovenian guard and reigning NBA rookie of the year could have played with Porzingis last season, but the Mavericks decided to let the 2018 All-Star continue recovering from a knee injury in what ended up being his final game for the Knicks 20 months ago.

Washington rookie Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese-born player drafted in the first round, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The ninth overall pick out of Gonzaga scored his first points before Porzingis hit his first bucket as a Maverick.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points less than a week after the All-Star guard signed a $72 million, two-year extension that will go through the 2022-23 season, with a player option after that. The Wizards are without his backcourt mate, John Wall, who tore an Achilles tendon last December.

After a fourth quarter filled with pushing and shoving between Beal and Doncic, Beal was ejected when he was called for a second technical foul after they were whistled for double technicals during an exchange.

The Wizards had rallied from 23 points down starting the fourth to get within seven when Beal was tossed. Not long after, Porzingis had a one-handed dunk on an alley-oop from Jalen Brunson to help the Mavericks finish off the win.

The first look for Dallas fans at the Doncic-Porzingis pairing came in the Mavericks' first game at American Airlines Center without German star Dirk Nowitzki.

Their last home game without the only NBA player to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise was April 14, 1998, a 111-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Reunion Arena. Nowitzki retired at 40 after last season as the league's highest-scoring foreign-born player.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Moritz Wagner was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and scored 13 points before the second-year player fouled out with three minutes left in his Washington debut. ... Thomas Bryant had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Mavericks: Dallas still isn't sure how much longer Dwight Powell will be out with a left hamstring strain sustained early in training camp. The sixth-year player is expected to start at center when he's ready. ... G Tim Hardaway Jr. left the game in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle but returned before halftime.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Friday night. The three-game trip is the club's longest to open the season since 1983-84. The Southwest swing end in San Antonio with the first back-to-back. It's the only visit to all three places for the Wizards in the regular season.

Mavericks: At New Orleans on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA['We Play for You,' Mavs CEO Tells Community]]>563702011Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:53:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2019-10-23-13h43m28s145.jpg

"Aren't you excited? I can't wait. I can't' wait!"

Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall radiated joy from head to toe as she talked about the start of the 2019-2020 season.

What should fans expect? "One that's even better than any they've had in the past," she smiled.

Marshall says she is ready to focus on basketball and not the organization's scandalous past.

Owner Mark Cuban hired her Feb. 21, 2018 as Chief Executive Officer amid a scandal in the Mavericks' front office.

Twenty months later, Marshall earns praise for launching a 100-day plan to clean up a toxic environment and create a culture of diversity and inclusion.

"We are the standard. We are the standard," she said as she talked about the successful turnaround.

She now wants to use that platform for a greater purpose.

In an open letter printed in the Dallas Morning News and titled "We Play for You," Marshall announced a season-long campaign to make community, philanthropy and charity initiatives a driving force in decisions.

"And when Mark said he wanted to take it to a new level, it wasn't just in the business office. It wasn't just on the basketball court. He told us to get in the community. He launched us and said do more out there, be more visible," she said.

Greater visibility includes a day of service last month where everyone from the court to the front office volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

A $15,000 donation went along with it.

Guard Jalen Brunson now with his second year on the team says the desire to give back is as much a part of him as basketball.

"It's definitely coming from the heart," he said. "Sometimes, money does the trick, but I think the experience you get to do with other people and meet other people, it goes a long way. Something you remember for a long time."

"And it comes back to this is why we play which is more than basketball. That we are all part of the family, the sense of belonging for the fans but also the team, and all of us together is why we play," said Katie Edwards, president of the Dallas Mavericks Foundation.

"And to have the players and the coaches and everyone buy into that, it feels good," Marshall agreed. "It feels good every day. To know we are truly making a difference."

And for her, it feels good to turn the page, tell a different story about the Mavericks and brag about the team she leads — half of whom are now women.

"She's part of the 50%, yeah. We're at the table together," Marshall smiled as she fist bumped Edwards. Marshall promoted Edwards last year from the Mavericks' senior director of community relations to vice president.

"Katie is a rock star," Marshall said. "She represents who we are at the Mavs. She's talented, smart. She works hard. And just needed someone to come in and recognize her."

As Marshall puts others in the spotlight, she plans to step back and reduce her high-profile public appearances.

"I actually don't like going out doing all this," she confessed. "I want to be behind the scenes helping these people fly and put them out front."

Marshall wants to be in the office more to "keep a pulse" on the culture she's created.

"I don't lose sight of what my job is every day, to create an extraordinary work culture for the people who work at the Dallas Mavs, to serve the coaches, to serve the fans and provide them an unmatched fan experience," she said. "I know every day what our mission is. My job is to make sure we live up to the workplace promise that says at the Dallas Mavs, every voice matters, and everybody belongs."

And in cutting back on a packed schedule, Marshall also wants to spend more time with the team she appreciates and loves.

"I'm in a great place in my life right now and I want to enjoy it every day. I don't want to be going across the country," she laughed.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Open 2019-20 Regular Season Wednesday Night]]>563661001Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:03:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka+Doncic+102219.jpg

A new NBA season is just about here, and Mavericks' guard Luka Doncic can't wait to put the ball through the hoop.

"It's a new era here," the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year said.

A new era with two new faces of the franchise. Kristaps Porzingis joined forces with Doncic and will finally get a chance to suit up in a real game after his lengthy recovery from a knee injury. His excitement was evident at the team's tipoff luncheon Monday.

"I think it's going to be a special moment," Porzingis said. "I've been out for a very long time. I miss the game a lot. I just want to put that uniform back on and just go out there and enjoy the game again."

Head coach Rick Carlisle said he hoped to watch a lot of good plays this season. He also said he wanted to see his players fired up from the moment they take the court.

"You got to go into the game with force," Carlisle said. "You cannot ease into NBA games. You're not going to win an NBA game in the first 6 minutes. But you could lose it if you don't show up the right way."

And that's no way for this team to reach one of its biggest goals this season.

"One of our goals is to become a playoff team after a three-year hiatus," Carlisle said. "But we're very much more focused on the process than any particular long-term goals. It's an NBA season and that's how you got to approach it."

The first step in the process comes Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Need to Give DFW Sports Fans Hope]]>563172362Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:12:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+MAVERICKS+WEB+PHOTO_2019-10-15-18-39-44.jpg

The Mavericks will open the 2019-20 regular season at home against the Washington Wizards next Wednesday. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs shares why he needs Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and company to contend for a playoff spot immediately.]]>
<![CDATA[Doncic, Porzingis Lead Way in Life After Nowitzki for Mavs]]>563149891Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:59:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1175986902.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks now belong to the young European pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and maybe for as long as German superstar Dirk Nowitzki led the franchise while spending a record 21 seasons with the same team.

Since Dallas once again fell short trying to add a big name in free agency after trading for Porzingis before the deadline last February, the Mavericks will lean on the two budding stars to get back to the playoffs after missing for three straight seasons. The last time Dallas went this long without going to the postseason, the franchise was among the worst in pro sports coming out of the 1990s. It won't be easy in the Western Conference.

Simply contending for the playoffs will be an accomplishment for the Mavericks.

"I think it's important," said Doncic, the third overall pick in the 2018 draft. "Obviously, there's a lot of teams, they have great players in the West that want to go to the playoffs. I think we can."

Doncic was a nearly unanimous choice for rookie of the year after joining Oscar Robertson as the only first-year players to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game.

The 20-year-old Slovenian's eight triple-doubles were the third-most for a rookie, behind Robertson (26) and Philadelphia's Ben Simmons (12, two seasons ago).

"I really think one of the things that makes him the most special is the fact that he has the ability when he steps on the floor to make four other guys significantly better," coach Rick Carlisle said. "And has the ability to make the game much easier for them."

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis had just been named an All-Star when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in what ended up being his final game with the New York Knicks on Feb. 6, 2018.

Now the Latvian is ready to roll with Doncic after the Mavericks held him out the final two months of last season after the trade even though he could have played. But Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in 2015, isn't expecting some sort of Magic-Kareem connection right away.

"We're not going to come on the court and play like we've played 10 years together already," he said. "But I feel like with the type of personalities and where we come from, we're both European, we both speak Spanish, all those things are going to help build the chemistry. And just knowing how selfless Luka is sharing the ball with his teammates and making everybody better. I have no doubt that we'll find that connection sooner than later."

As for owner Mark Cuban suggesting they could be together as long as Nowitzki was around -- even though Porzingis is 24 -- the Mavericks at least have long-term plans after signing Porzingis to a max contract at $158 million over five years. A max deal for Doncic is a no-brainer.

"Their experiences from a young age mirror each other at least on some level," Carlisle said. "I feel those kind of things ultimately are going to lead to them bonding and becoming more familiar with each other on the court as well."

LIFE AFTER DIRK

Nowitzki retired at 40 as the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history, sixth overall with 31,560 points. The smooth-shooting 7-footer carried the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.

"It's real sad on some levels for sure," said Carlisle, who coached Nowitzki for his final 11 seasons. "But here's a guy that gave every last ounce of everything that he had to this organization, to this fan base, to all the teammates that he had over a 21-year period."

OFFSEASON TRAINING

Cuban stayed on Doncic last season about fine-tuning his body in the offseason, and the 6-7 player does look leaner. Porzingis made a point to bulk up and showed off a powerful-looking upper body in the days before training camp.

Porzingis said he weighed 223 pounds as a rookie and "that was not a good weight for me. I felt horrible." He went up to 235 but said he felt slower. Now he's at 242 but says, "I feel light, strong."

"For me it was important to feel how I'm supposed to feel but get stronger also," said Porzingis, who was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks when he got hurt with the Knicks. "There's a balance with those kinds of things."

THE FREE AGENT

While the Mavericks missed on bigger names, they were happy with the free agent they did get in Delon Wright. Acquired in a sign-and-trade with Memphis, the restricted free agent had back-to-back triple doubles in consecutive games against Dallas late last season. He's expected to start alongside Doncic.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Franchise Players? NBA Sophomore Class Full of Rising Stars]]>563125131Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:55:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1180544071.jpg

Deandre Ayton strolled around the practice court, talking and laughing with coaches and teammates following a two-hour workout with the Phoenix Suns.

It is clear he is comfortable operating in lofty surroundings, even on a morning in the mountains of Flagstaff, despite a sign on the wall that warned of the dangers of physical exertion at 7,000 feet of altitude.

"What's that, 7,000? Nah, I need more like 15. That was pretty light," Ayton quipped. "I don't have that little chest burn feeling when you're at such a high altitude. It was fun."

So is winning. And the expectations are high for the former No. 1 draft pick, who is part of a promising 2018 NBA draft class that teams are looking at becoming the faces of rebuilding franchises.

Dallas guard Luka Doncic was the rookie of the year after averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists per game. Atlanta's Trae Young finished second in the voting, averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists. Ayton was third.

"This summer, I've never worked so hard in a gym before in my life," said the 21-year-old Ayton, who averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. "I've seen these lines so many times, I see them in regular life now. They beat me to the ground this summer."

First-year Suns coach Monty Williams said Ayton's development isn't as much about his physical skills because those have been evident all along. He said the guys who develop into great players are the ones who recognize the sweat equity involved.

"They realize early in their first year that it takes a lot of work to be good, so their work ethic goes up that summer," Williams said. "You see more consistent work from guys and a different mentality in the weight room. They take coaching a lot better because they know more stuff."

A look at some of the top second-year players in the NBA:

DONCIC, DALLAS MAVERICKS

The 6-foot-7 Doncic wowed the NBA with his combination of shooting, passing and knack for producing in clutch moments. And he's just 20 years old.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle expects improvement from Doncic in year two, but it might look a little different than others are expecting.

"He's playing with more players and more better players," Carlisle said. "And he's playing with another star-caliber player with (Kristaps) Porzingis. The dynamics of the stats are going to be way different. I don't know what the whole thing's going to look like."

YOUNG, ATLANTA HAWKS

The 6-2 guard got off to a slow start as a rookie, which led to plenty of talk that the draft day Doncic-for-Young swap was going to end up heavily in favor of the Mavericks.

But Young bounced back with an encouraging second half. He averaged more than 23 points and nine assists over his final 31 games.

"I know it's going to be even tougher this year, but that's something you work on during the summer and something I knew I needed to be even more prepared for," Young said.

MARVIN BAGLEY III, SACRAMENTO KINGS

The 6-11 Bagley was much like Young in that he pushed through an up-and-down first half of the season before finishing with an impressive second half.

The No. 2 pick averaged about 18 points and nine rebounds over the season's final two months despite coming off the bench in most games. He made the All-Rookie team along with Doncic, Ayton, Young and Memphis' Jaren Jackson.

The Kings showed some promise last season with a young core that includes Bagley and De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield.

"Not making the playoffs was something I thought about all summer," Bagley said. "I just had that in the back of my mind that we still gotta get to the playoffs and show everybody what we can do."

JAREN JACKSON JR., MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Last year's No. 4 pick showed plenty of potential, averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds over 58 games despite missing time with a quadriceps injury. The 6-11 forward just turned 20 years old.

He'll team with this year's No. 2 overall pick, Ja Morant, on a remade Memphis roster.

"You can't be predictable, you've got to grow and find other ways to get to the basket," Jackson said. "I know a lot of the ways I scored before aren't always going to work just because people get better and scout better."

COLLIN SEXTON, CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Sexton was a bright spot on a bad Cavaliers team. The 6-2 guard, the No. 8 pick, averaged 16.7 points and three assists per game.

He said he spent the offseason watching hours of film and getting stronger in the weight room.

"I felt like I needed to be stronger to finish at the rim a lot better," Sexton said. "And I want to be able to fight over screens, instead of getting hit on them."

AP Sports Writers Josh Dubow, George Henry, Teresa Walker and Schuyler Dixon and AP freelancer Brian Dulik contributed to this story.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[DFW Sports Legends Join Forces for Children's Health]]>562953661Sun, 13 Oct 2019 22:41:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Meredith+and+Dirk.jpg

Four of North Texas' most famous sports figures are joining forces, hoping to get your attention to help sick kids in the community and their families. Dirk Nowitzki, Troy Aikman, Jordan Spieth and Clayton Kershaw each sat down with their wives to shoot PSA's that will shine the spotlight on the need to raise funding for Children's Health.

Dallas Maverick's legend, Dirk Nowitzki has been visiting sick children for a decade. He sat down to talk about why he and his wife, Jessica love Children's Health so much.

"I come here and I try to spread joy to these families but it's tough at times, it's draining when I leave at the end of the night. I feel very sad for some of these families and what they're going through," he said.

Brent Christopher, President of the Children's Medical Center Foundation says many people don't know that DFW's only pediatric level one trauma center is a not-for-profit and is outdated.

"This ER was built in 1967. I think the population of Dallas in the 1960s was 500,000. We have a few million more than that now so," Christopher said.

Today the ER is one of the busiest pediatric ER's in the country with 122,000 yearly visits. As many as 400 children are seen in one day during the winter months. A new facility, Christopher said, will allow Children's Health to serve more children, enhance operational efficiencies, and increase patient and family satisfaction.

For Dirk, who on the night of his final game with the Mavericks teared up only when videos of his hospital visits played, this is personal.

"What a great night it was for me but that was the piece that got me emotional just because it's been such a great relationship."

The ER re-imagination and renovation will cost approximately $56,000,000. Children's Medical Center Foundation is seeking visionary philanthropic partners to make this new space a reality by contributing toward a fundraising goal of $30,000,000.



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<![CDATA[One-On-One with Kristaps Porzingis]]>561822522Mon, 30 Sep 2019 20:47:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps_Porzingis_for_Web.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks held their annual Media Day on September 30. NBC 5’s Paul Jones sits down with Kristaps Porzingis to discuss the upcoming NBA season.]]>
<![CDATA[Nowitzki Way Street Name Change Approved]]>561237601Wed, 25 Sep 2019 22:09:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/now+way.JPG

On Wednesday, Dallas City Council Members unanimously approved to changethe name of Olive Street in front of the American Airlines Center to Nowitzki Way to honor retired Dallas Mavericks basketball star Dirk Nowitzki.

The name change came at the request of three City Council Members who sent a letter to the City Manager in April.

Councilman Omar Narvaez, one of the three signers, said Councilman Adam Medrano approached Nowitzki about the idea and the Nowitzki was pleased. Narvaez said it was Dirk who endorsed the name "Nowitzki Way."

The letter says Nowitzki is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise. He led the Mavericks to their only NBA Championship in 2011 when he was named Most Valuable Player. He also has a foundation for charity work. The letter says Nowitzki demonstrates the highest level of compassion, honesty, teamwork, respect and integrity.

Since the name change was first suggested, it has moved through the city’s process with approval by the City Plan Commission.

The span of Olive Street from Field Street to Victory Street is included in the name change.

Narvaez said Nowitzki will be invited to a renaming ceremony in the near future.



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<![CDATA[How the Mavs' Culture Transformed From 'Corrosive' to Inclusive]]>560805321Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:38:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN1.jpg

As anniversaries go, this isn't one the Mavericks organization is likely to celebrate.

Acknowledge? Yes. Quietly commemorate it as a time for reflection? Absolutely.

No one can change the reality that last Sept. 19 was one of the most painful days in Mavericks history. But one year later, by all indications, the organization is mended if not healed.

"We've literally turned the corner," Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall says.

A year ago Thursday, ESPN viewers watched Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's at-times tearful response to a seven-month investigation that confirmed "numerous instances" of sexual harassment and other improper conduct within his franchise's business operations.

You can read the full story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News by clicking here.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavs Will Honor Dirk With New Court Layout]]>559623901Fri, 06 Sep 2019 18:35:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-dirk.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will honor Dirk Nowitzki with a new graphic on the teams home court, according to 105.3 the fan. 

The renderings show a shadow image of Nowitzki near the basket doing his classic fade-away shot.

The Dallas Mavericks confirmed the changes to NBC 5 via email.

The graphic of Nowitzki will appear on the Mavs court for the 2019-2020 season. 



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Release 2019-2020 Schedule]]>537898171Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:30:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks released their 2019-2020 schedule on Monday which will tip-off at home against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday October 23.

Portions of the press release from the Dallas Mavericks about the schedule can be seen below: 

The team’s longest homestand of the season will be a six-game, 10-day stretch at the beginning of the 2020 calendar year (Jan. 2 to Jan. 11). Dallas will face Brooklyn (Jan. 2), Charlotte (Jan. 4), Chicago (Jan. 6), Denver (Jan. 8), the L.A. Lakers (Jan. 10) and Philadelphia (Jan. 11) during that homestand.

The Mavericks will also play a four-game homestand in November against the four franchises that have accounted for the last six NBA championships – Toronto (Nov. 16), San Antonio (Nov. 18), Golden State (Nov. 20), and Cleveland (Nov. 22).

Dallas’ longest road trip in 2019-20 will be four games (twice). The club has a four-game trip from Feb. 26 to March 2 and a four-game West-coast trip from March 16 to March 21.

The Mavericks will travel to Mexico City to face the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 12. It will mark the third time in team history that Dallas will play a regular-season game outside of the U.S. or Canada (the Mavericks faced the Rockets in Mexico City in 1997-98 and the Suns in Mexico City in 2016-17).

Dallas will play 13 back-to-backs this season. The club will play six back-to-backs that begin and end on the road, four back-to-backs to begin on the road and conclude at home, two back-to-backs that require no travel (begin and end at home) and one home-to-road back-to-back.

Tickets for Mavericks preseason games are on sale now and can be purchased through www.mavs.com/onsale or by calling 214-747-MAVS.

Tickets for the 2019-20 regular season will go on-sale in mid-September. A specific on-sale date will be announced at a later time.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Isaiah Roby, Rookie Acquired on Draft Night]]>528054881Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:48:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1154643507.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed Isaiah Roby, the 45th overall pick acquired by the club on draft night.

The Mavericks drafted Deividas Sirvydis at No. 37 overall in the second round and sent his rights to Detroit for the rights to Roby and two future second-round picks. Dallas didn't have a first-round pick in the June draft.

The 6-foot-8 Roby skipped his senior season at Nebraska to enter the draft. Roby averaged 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds in his final season with the Cornhuskers.

Roby averaged 8.8 points and a team-high 5.2 rebounds in five games with the Dallas summer league team in Las Vegas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Shooting Hoops and Reading Books With the Dallas Mavericks]]>523561221Tue, 06 Aug 2019 16:50:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dorian+Finney-Smith+Reading+With+You.jpg

If your children enjoy shooting hoops in the summer, the Dallas Mavericks have their back.

Basketball camps help kids hone their skills and helps others get exposed to the sport.

Avery Yuan admitted she didn't pick basketball camp on her own.

"My dad basically wants me to do it because he's good at basketball," she said.

Whatever the motivation, Yuan and the other students said the camp has been fun. Mavs' staff has helped them perfect their ability to make a free throw and just enjoy the game.  

NBC 5 teamed up with Mavericks' player Dorian Finney-Smith, who encouraged kids to read and passed out brand new books.

The students immediately opened them and started to dive in. They also got one-on-one time with Finney-Smith, who read alongside the kids.

"I was reading aloud and messed up on a word, and they all corrected me, they couldn't wait to correct me," Finney-Smith laughed.

He explained how he takes the time to speak to students across North Texas to try to get them to understand that basketball can't be their only plan for the future.



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<![CDATA[Naming Road After Dirk Nowitzki Moves on to City Council]]>513512701Thu, 01 Aug 2019 22:42:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-retirement-postgame-fssw-01.jpg

The Dallas city plan commission approved the proposal to rename Olive Street in Dallas to "Nowitzki Way" near the American Airlines Center on Thursday.

"All the support has been overwhelming. If it happens, I'll be super proud," Nowitzki said during an interview in June. "It's something my kids can walk one day and say that's my dad's street. That will be super, super special for me. We'll see what happens."

Adam Medrano, Scott Griggs and Omar Narvaez all signed the petition that was then turned into the city. The proposal would rename Olive Street between N. Field Street and Victory Avenue.

The letter to the city states a long list of accomplishments for Nowitzki, including being the only NBA player in history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

The proposal now moves on to the full city council for a final vote.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Add Marjanovic, Bringing 7-3 Center Back to Texas]]>513121211Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:15:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Boban-Getty-070319.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent Boban Marjanovic, bringing the 7-foot-3 center back to Texas three years after he spent his rookie season with the rival San Antonio Spurs.

Marjanovic was sent to Philadelphia from the Los Angeles Clippers before the trading deadline last season and averaged a career-high 8.1 points along with 5.1 rebounds in 22 regular-season games before helping the 76ers reach the second round of the playoffs. Philadelphia lost to eventual champion Toronto in seven games.

In four seasons, the 30-year-old Serbian has averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. Marjanovic began his second season with Detroit and went to the Clippers in the blockbuster trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Pistons.

Marjanovic played professionally in Serbia, Russia and Lithuania before coming to the NBA. He will be one of two 7-3 Europeans with the Mavericks alongside Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Lakers Claim Kostas Antetokounmpo Off Waivers From Dallas]]>513053531Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:16:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kostas-Antetokounmpo-Getty-072219.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim.

The Lakers announced the move Monday to acquire the 21-year-old brother of Milwaukee Bucks star and league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kostas Antetokounmpo played in two games for Dallas last season. The Mavericks acquired him in a draft-night trade last summer after Philadelphia chose him with the 60th and final pick. The 6-foot-10 forward played 40 games for the Mavs' G League affiliate last year, when he averaged 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.

The Mavericks waived him Friday.

Antetokounmpo attended high school in suburban Milwaukee while his older brother began his NBA career. He then spent two seasons at the University of Dayton.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barkley: Easing Porzingis Back Will Hurt Mavs’ Playoff Hopes]]>512667702Fri, 12 Jul 2019 20:30:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Charles+Barkley+Talkback.jpg

Mark Cuban says he will ease Kristaps Porzingis back into the lineup next season as the former All-Star works his way back from a torn ACL. But NBA legend Charles Barkley says the Mavs can't afford to sit Porzingis for too many games if they want to be a true playoff contender in a stacked Western Conference.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Re-Sign Restricted Free Agent Dorian Finney-Smith]]>512596041Thu, 11 Jul 2019 13:40:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1135653939.jpg

The Mavericks have re-signed restricted free agent Dorian Finney-Smith to a $12 million, three-year contract, bringing back the undrafted forward for a fourth season in Dallas.

Finney-Smith has been on the back end of coach Rick Carlisle's rotation while averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in 183 career games, with 74 starts. The former Memphis player is a solid defender whose 3-point shooting has improved slightly each season, although still hovering around 30 percent.

The 26-year-old Finney-Smith has played in 81 games twice, including last season when he also made 26 starts. He had a career-best 35 starts as a rookie in 2016-17. Last season Finney-Smith averaged career bests of 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Finney-Smith was one of three restricted free agents the Mavericks are bringing back. The others are the European pair of Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber. Dwight Powell opted in on the final year of his contract and signed a three-year extension.



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<![CDATA[Seth Curry Returns to Mavs After Year Away, Kleber Re-Signs]]>512595881Thu, 11 Jul 2019 13:36:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Seth-Curry-Getty-070119.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed Seth Curry to complete the guard's return after a year away and re-signed one of their restricted free agents in forward Maxi Kleber.

Curry signed a $32 million, four-year contract after spending one season with Portland. Kleber is returning on a $35 million, four-year deal.

Stephen Curry's younger brother had the best year of his career with the Mavericks in 2016-17, averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and 29 minutes per game. The 28-year-old Curry missed all of 2017-18 with a stress reaction in his lower left leg before averaging 7.9 points with the Trail Blazers last season.

Kleber's return means Dallas will have a German on its roster for a 22nd consecutive season. Dirk Nowitzki retired in April after setting an NBA record by playing 21 seasons with the same franchise. Both were born in Wurzburg, German.

The 27-year-old Kleber spent his first two NBA seasons with the Mavericks, averaging 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds.



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<![CDATA[Newy: Mavs 2019 Summer of Big Hat, No Cattle]]>512498372Tue, 09 Jul 2019 17:28:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-Getty-070919.jpg

The Mavericks just gave Delon Wright $29 million dollars, but the head coach does not know if he will start this season. 

Huh?

Recently in Las Vegas Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle explained his thinking on Wright winning a starting job to Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. "He could be," Carlisle told The News at halftime of the Mavericks' summer league team's game Monday against Sacramento at the Thomas & Mack Center. "I envision this team in a way that we're going to have to have flexibility.

"I don't know that we'll have a full-time starting team. But we wouldn't have made this move if we didn't think he was a starting-caliber player. But the way to win now is to have starting-caliber players top to bottom. We're trying to get as many as we can." 

What the what? 

Mavericks fans have been let down by the organization who built their hopes up that the summer of 2019 was when owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson were going to add a star player to their roster to add to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, or as Nelson said, "split our aces" and bring in several impact players. Cuban boldly proclaimed to NBC 5 media partner 105.3 The Fan, "All I know is, the agents are talking to us and that's all that matters."

We saw how all that talking didn't lead to any free agent signings that made the fan base happy. 

With all due respect to Wright, Seth Curry and Boban Marjanovic are not the "aces" the MFFL were expecting to see. Not one of those three are NBA starters. Splitting aces was interpreted as Patrick Beverley, Malcolm Brogdan or Bojan Bogdanovic. 

I'm not trying to beat up on Wright. Townsend said he can help.

"In games Wright starts, he'll likely share backcourt duties with Luka Doncic, with 6-foot-5 Wright playing shooting guard on offense and point guard on defense. Paired with 6-7 Doncic, that would give Dallas one of the NBA's tallest, best-rebounding backcourts. For their careers, Doncic and Wright average a combined 11.3 rebounds per game."

The radio voice of the Mavericks, Chuck Cooperstein, was also complimentary about Wright in recent DMN chat.

"I think Wright, actually, he'll fit pretty well here. You wish he shot the ball a little bit better from deep, he did so a couple of years ago in Toronto, but he absolutely is a secondary ball handler, he's a point guard who can get to the lane and make things happen there. When he got a chance to play significant minutes at point guard for Memphis late last season, he played really well, especially against the Mavericks. He had a pair of triple-doubles, huge triple-doubles. Not any 11, 11 and 10 kind of deals. Both of these were 20-point-scoring games... But he absolutely will be able to help guard people on the perimeter."

The Mavericks brass are big hat and no cattle when it comes to landing free agents. Check the history, I'm not wrong. 

Cuban cleared up $30 million in cap space and couldn't get a starter.

They got played by Danny Green. He kept them on hold until Kawhi Leonard made his decision to make the Clippers his new NBA team. According to Mavs beat writer Tim Cato, Dallas did not guarantee the third and final year of their contract offer to Green. That baffles me because Dallas needed him. Green decided to sign with the Lakers on a two year deal.

Here's the bottom line: NBA free agents do not view the Mavericks organization in the same light those IN the Mavs organization do.

They need to do a deep dive as to why they are a big market club in a state with no state taxes and can't land blue chip free agents. Something is off. The Mavs summer free agent plan failed once again and that is the big hat, no cattle rep they have earned.



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<![CDATA[AP Source: Mavs Get Wright From Grizzlies in Sign-and-Trade]]>512331222Sun, 07 Jul 2019 19:22:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Delon-Wright-Getty-070719.jpg

A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks have acquired guard Delon Wright from the Memphis Grizzlies in a sign-and-trade agreement that could make the restricted free agent a starter alongside rookie of the year Luka Doncic.

Wright and the Mavericks have agreed on a $29 million, three-year contract, agent Greg Lawrence said Sunday. The Grizzlies will get two second-round picks in the trade, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.

The move by the Mavericks comes after they missed out on free agent target Danny Green, a shooting guard and strong defender who agreed on a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after former Toronto teammate Kawhi Leonard chose the LA Clippers over returning to the Raptors.

The 6-foot-5 Wright has a chance to be a solid complement to Doncic because of his versatility on defense. The 27-year-old was chosen 20th overall in the first round by the Raptors in 2015, one pick before the Mavericks selected Justin Anderson. The Grizzlies got him in the trade that sent Marc Gasol to Toronto before the deadline last season.

Wright spent parts of his first two seasons shuffling between the Raptors and their G-League affiliate. In 26 games with the Grizzlies last season, he averaged 12.2 points, nearly five points above his career average. Wright also doubled his career output in rebounds and assists in his short stint with Memphis.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[AP Source: Mavs Reach Agreement With 7-3 Center Marjanovic]]>512178622Wed, 03 Jul 2019 11:54:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Boban-Getty-070319.jpg

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks and Boban Marjanovic have agreed on a contract that will likely make him their backup center.

The addition of Marjanovic gives the Mavericks two 7-foot-3 European players. The Serbian joins Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian forward who has agreed to a $158 million, five-year max contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because contracts can't be signed until Saturday.

Dallas will be the fifth team in five seasons for Marjanovic, who started his NBA career with the rival San Antonio Spurs in 2015-16. The 30-year-old went to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with Philadelphia last season. He has career averages of 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.

The probable starter at center is Dwight Powell, who opted in for the final year of his contract and then agreed to a three-year extension.

The addition of Marjanovic comes after the Mavericks agreed to deals with three of their own players, two of them restricted free agents in Germany's Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith.

Point guard J.J. Barea, the only player remaining from Dallas' 2011 championship team now that Dirk Nowitzki has retired, is returning while still recovering after tearing an Achilles tendon last season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[AP Sources: Seth Curry to Return to Mavericks]]>512066982Mon, 01 Jul 2019 12:33:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Seth-Curry-Getty-070119.jpg

Seth Curry is returning to Dallas as a free agent after a year away.

Two people with knowledge of the deal say Stephen Curry's younger brother and the Mavericks have agreed on a $32 million, four-year contract. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because deals can't be signed until Saturday.

The younger Curry had the best season of his career with Dallas in 2016-17, averaging career highs of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and 29 minutes per game. He missed all of 2017-18 with a stress reaction in his lower left leg before joining Portland on a one-year contract last season. Curry averaged 7.9 points for the Trail Blazers.

The Mavericks were looking for a shooting guard to pair with rookie of the year Luka Doncic, the 20-year-old Slovenian who figures to be their starting point guard for years. With the Curry agreement, Dallas still has about $20 million in salary cap space.

Curry has the versatility to play both guard spots. So does Jalen Brunson, a second-round pick in last year's draft after Dallas traded up to get Doncic as the third overall selection.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[AP Source: Mavs to Sign Porzingis to 5-Year Contract]]>512035301Sun, 30 Jun 2019 22:47:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps-Porzingis-Getty.jpg

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks and Kristaps Porzingis have agreed on a $158 million, five-year maximum contract that will pair the 7-foot-3-inch Latvian with fellow Euro star Luka Doncic.

The deal for the richest contract in franchise history comes after the Mavericks sent a pair of first-round picks and 2017 No. 9 overall selection Dennis Smith Jr. to the New York Knicks for Porzingis in a seven-player trade before the deadline last season.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can't become official until the free agency moratorium ends Saturday.

Porzingis and Doncic, the dynamic 20-year-old Slovenian guard who was just named Rookie of the Year, haven't played together yet. But the Mavericks have high hopes of them making Dallas a contender again after missing the playoffs three straight years.

The 23-year-old Porzingis sat out all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in what turned out to be his last game for the Knicks in February 2018. The injury happened not long after Porzingis was named an All-Star for the first time.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Newy: Mavs Need to Push for Kemba Walker]]>511924912Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:50:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+KEMBA+WALKER_2019-06-27-18-33-55.jpg

Kemba Walker could be in play for the Mavericks when NBA free agency begins on Sunday evening. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why Dallas needs to make a push for the three-time All-Star guard.]]>
<![CDATA[Luka Doncic Wins NBA Rookie of the Year Award]]>511760761Mon, 24 Jun 2019 20:17:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1158098027.jpg

Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks has won Rookie of the Year at the NBA Awards.

The 20-year-old small forward from Slovenia accepted his trophy from RJ Barrett, who went to the New York Knicks as the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft last week.

Dončić, 20, received first-place votes on all 100 ballots. He is the sixth player in franchise history to earn first-team honors and the first since Jason Kidd in 1994-95. He was one of only four NBA players to average at least 20 ppg, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the 2018-19 season -- and he was the only rookie.

Dončić was the No. 3 pick last year.

The other finalists were Deandre Ayton of Phoenix and Trae Young of Atlanta.

Below is more on Dončić from the Mavericks.

Dončić (6-7, 218) averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, a team-best 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.2 minutes per game in 72 games (all starts) for Dallas this past season. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

Among all rookies in 2018-19, Dončić ranked first in scoring (21.2 ppg), second in rebounding (7.8 rpg), second in assists (6.0 apg), fifth in steals (1.1 spg) and first in minutes (32.2 mpg).

The former EuroLeague MVP knocked down 168 3-pointers in 2018-19, marking the third-most triples by a rookie in league history. Donovan Mitchell (187 in 2017-18) and Damian Lillard (185 in 2012-13) are the only players to hit more treys in their first NBA season. Dončić also set Dallas rookie records for free throws made (346) and attempted (485).

The 6-7 guard/forward finished the season with eight triple-doubles, marking the third-most by a rookie in NBA history. Robertson (26 in 1960-61) and Ben Simmons (12 in 2017-18) are the only rookies to produce more. Dončić also broke Magic Johnson’s record (7) for the most triple-doubles by a player before his 21st birthday (Dončić doesn’t turn 21 until Feb. 28, 2020).

Dončić swept the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award, winning it all five times it was given out (for October/November, December, January, February and March/April). He became the only Maverick to win the Rookie of the Month Award four-plus times in a season and the first player from either conference to sweep the award since Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015-16.



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<![CDATA[Newy's Take: Dallas Mavericks and NBA Free Agency]]>511756172Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:24:32 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Mavs+6-24-19_2019-06-24-19-20-15.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives his take on who might end up with the Dallas Mavericks when NBA free agency begins on July 1, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Get Forward Roby After Trade With Pistons]]>511628201Fri, 21 Jun 2019 09:51:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1060368944.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks kicked off their first season of the post-Dirk Nowitzki era Thursday night with a draft day trade that netted them Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby at No. 45 overall.

Dallas initially selected Deividas Sirvydis of Lithuania with their scheduled 37th pick, but agreed to trade his rights to the Detroit Pistons for Roby and two future second-round picks, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the trade was not yet official. The new league year starts July 6.

Dallas, which traded its first round pick to Atlanta as a result of last year's draft-day trade for Luka Doncic, now brings in Roby, who averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game for the Cornhuskers.

The 6-foot-8 Roby will join a young Mavericks team led by 20-year-old Doncic, likely to the NBA's Rookie of the Year, and 23-year-old Kristaps Porzingis, acquired during the season from the Knicks and coming off a knee injury.

Roby played 97 games over three years at Nebraska before forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the draft. He started 35 games last season for the Huskers, who finished 19-17 and made a run to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

After the draft, Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson said he couldn't comment on the individual players in the trade due to league rules, but said he was happy with the team's draft.

"To get the same player you were targeting a little bit later in the second, plus pick up a couple of important assets, was good," Nelson said. "It was a good night."

Dallas finished 33-49 last year and hasn't made the playoffs since 2015-16. The Mavericks will play their first season since 1997 without Nowitzki. The 21-year veteran and the NBA's sixth-leading scorer all-time retired following this past season.

In addition to Doncic, Porzingis and Roby, other Mavericks under contract for the upcoming season include: point guard Jalen Brunson, big man Dwight Powell, and 2019 trade acquisitions Tim Hardaway, Jr., Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee.

Nelson said the Mavericks would turn their attention to and be "very active" with the free agent market. The Mavericks have had some success in past years in this area, most notably with J.J. Barea, who has played 10 of his 13 seasons with Dallas and was part of their 2011 championship team.

Nelson said earlier Thursday that he expected the late first round and early second round of the draft to be among the most active in recent years, and that the Mavs could be part of that frenzy.

"Once you get closer (to selecting), if there's a player that a team covets, there's a flurry of phone calls," Nelson said. "Sometimes the price goes up, sometimes it goes down. I think you're going to see a lot of stuff happen in the 20s and the top half of the second."

He proved to be accurate, netting his team two future picks in the process.

SITTING OUT THE FIRST

Dallas, which has had only nine first-round picks in the past 20 drafts, was once again without their first-round pick. That pick went to Atlanta along with Trae Young for Doncic, who averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game in his first year and didn't turn 20 until halfway through the season. Atlanta used the 10th pick, the one conveyed from the Mavs, to draft Duke's Cam Reddish on Thursday.

AP Sports Writer Noah Trister contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Soaking Up Retirement After 21 Seasons With Mavs]]>511029682Sat, 08 Jun 2019 19:46:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki2.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki eventually plans on working out again. The recently retired star of the Dallas Mavericks wants to stay in somewhat decent shape.

The big German hasn't put a timeline on it -- he's assuming several more rounds of pizza and ice cream will come first.

Nowitzki looks relaxed and happy, with a neatly trimmed beard surrounding a wide smile, nearly two months after announcing his retirement on the court after his final home game in his record 21st season with the same franchise.

"It's been everything I dreamed of, drinking, eating everything in sight," Nowitzki said after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Texas Rangers game this past week. "On vacation without really worrying about anything, about staying in shape. I'm going to start working out again and enjoying that. But as of now, I have zero motivation to go work out."

The 40-year-old wants to spend time with his wife and three children and visit Germany more often to see his aging parents.

During the emotional ceremony after the home finale, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban promised the best player in franchise history a job for life. Nowitzki said it'll be at least a few years before he takes Cuban up on the offer -- or decides to do something else.

"I'm sure there's another challenge out there waiting for me," Nowitzki said. "As of now, I don't think that's something I think about. I want to do some stuff that I wasn't able to do the last 20 years. Eventually, that's going to get a little old and I need a new challenge in life."

The city of Dallas has started the process of renaming a portion of a street near American Airlines Center to Nowitzki Way. A few weeks before throwing out the first pitch at a Rangers game, Nowitzki tried a penalty kick during halftime of an FC Dallas soccer match -- unsuccessfully, according to young heir apparent Luka Doncic.

Nowitzki also hosted his annual charity baseball game, featuring Dallas Cowboys stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The event always sells out a 10,000-seat minor league stadium north of Dallas, but the 14-time All-Star wondered if brisker sales this year had anything to do with his retirement.

He's noticing those sorts of things more now and pausing to consider why people approach him in public to thank him for staying in Dallas for one of the longest careers in league history.

"That means a lot," said Nowitzki, who broke a record Kobe Bryant held at 20 seasons with the Lakers. "When you're so busy and trying to keep winning games, you never really take a step back and really soak that up or really get the grasp of how many lives you've touched over two decades."

The early part of the offseason has always been about unwinding for the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history.

But this one has been different -- the smiles while talking about taking the kids to Disneyworld, the jokes about weight (already at least 20 pounds over his playing days). But Nowitzki said at 7 feet, "you can hide it pretty good."

"He's already put up hall of fame numbers, and I think he'll show the stamina and the stability to be able to eat ice cream for the next 30 years," Cuban said, joking. "Probably the happiest man in Dallas right now is the guy who makes Dirk's suit."

When he retired, Nowitzki made no secret about plans for his next big party. It'll be June 19, when he turns 41. That's the number that will soon hang in the rafters of the 2007 MVP's old home arena -- and a number that's iconic for fans who celebrated the franchise's only championship with their NBA Finals MVP in 2011.

Nowitzki has been hit and miss on watching the playoffs because of the travel. He saw some of the early games, including Kawhi Leonard's improbable series-winning jumper for Toronto against Philadelphia in the second round.

Nowitzki said he sat there thinking, "You'll never get to do that again. So that was a little bit a sad moment."

But for Nowitzki, who is sixth on the NBA scoring list with 31,560 points, the feeling didn't last long. And there haven't been many since he's retired.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Leaders to Discuss Naming Road After Dirk Nowitzki]]>510905191Thu, 06 Jun 2019 04:46:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+capitol.JPG

Dallas city council members will discuss the proposal to rename Olive Street in Dallas to "Nowitzki Way" near the American Airlines Center.

Thursday's meeting will be the first of three public hearings about the name change proposal to honor Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki.

"All the support has been overwhelming. If it happens, I'll be super proud," Nowitzki said. "It's something my kids can walk one day and say that's my dad's street. That will be super, super special for me. We'll see what happens."

Adam Medrano, Scott Griggs and Omar Narvaez all signed the petition that was then turned into the city. The proposal would rename Olive Street between N. Field Street and Victory Avenue.

The letter to the city states a long list of accomplishments for Nowitzki, including being the only NBA player in history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

City code requires three public hearings to approve a street name change proposal.



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Throws First Pitch, Enjoying Life After Retirement]]>510894021Wed, 05 Jun 2019 20:20:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+First+Pitch.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki has been living life to the fullest since retiring from the NBA nearly two months ago.

The Dallas Mavericks legend threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus before a home game against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday evening.

“The only really thing on your mind is ‘Don’t bounce it. Don’t bounce it.’ I tried to keep (the pitch) high. It went a little high and left but he’s still got to catch that. He made me look bad," joked Nowitzki.

The NBA's sixth all-time leading scorer told reporters he has gained about 20 pounds since retiring after a storied 21-season career.

“I’m just letting go and enjoying the family,” said Nowitzki. “We just got back from a trip last night. Took the kids to the beach and to Disney World. They had a blast. I’ve been staying busy with some foundation stuff but it’s been a blast. It’s been everything I’ve dreamed of, drinking and eating everything in sight on vacation without worrying really about anything, about staying in shape. I think, like I said, eventually I’m going to find a little routine. I’m going to start working out again and enjoy that but as of now, I literally have zero motivation to go work out.”

The crowd at Globe Life Park in Arlington gave Nowitzki a rousing ovation as he walked to the mound for his ceremonial pitch. He says the well-wishes he has received from fans since his retirement has been overwhelming.

“It means a lot,” said Nowitzki. “When you’re so busy and trying to keep winning games, you don’t really take a seat back and really soak that up or really grasp how many lives you have touched over two decades. It’s been amazing how many people came up to me, obviously, that I never met and thanking me for my service. It’s been a pleasure.”

Nowitzki says he is in no rush to embark on the next chapter of his professional life. For now, he is happy to kick back and spend time with his family.

“I’m sure there’s another challenge out there waiting for me, whether that’s with the Mavs or another field, I have no idea,” said Nowitzki. “But as of now, I don’t think that’s something I think about. I want to enjoy. I want to get away. I want to do some stuff I wasn’t able to do over the last 20 years.”

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<![CDATA[Newy: Whiffing on Walker Could Be Blessing for Mavs]]>510354242Thu, 23 May 2019 18:00:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+WALKER_2019-05-23-18-50-46.jpg

Kemba Walker is in line for a massive payday after he earned his first career All-NBA selection on Thursday. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why the rising price tag for the three-time All-Star guard could be a blessing in disguise for the Dallas Mavericks.]]>
<![CDATA[Newy: 'Embarrassing' Lakers Could Help Mavs in Free Agency]]>510243252Tue, 21 May 2019 17:56:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+LAKERS_2019-05-21-18-37-25.jpg

Newy Scruggs calls the current crop of Lakers "an embarrassing mess to the National Basketball Association." NBC 5's sports director explains how Mark Cuban and the Mavericks could benefit in free agency from the turmoil in Los Angeles.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas May Name Road After Dirk Nowitzki]]>510194431Mon, 20 May 2019 20:03:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-fist-bump-final-home-game.jpg

Three Dallas City Council members have turned in a proposal to rename a street in front of the American Airlines Center to honor Dirk Nowitzki.

The proposal would rename Olive Street between N. Field Street and Victory Avenue.

The new name? Nowitzki Way.

Adam Medrano, Scott Griggs and Omar Narvaez all signed the petition that was then turned into the city. 

The letter to the city states a long list of accomplishments for Nowitzki, including being the only NBA player in history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

City code requires three public hearings to approve a street name change proposal. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Dallas City Council Chambers inside Dallas City Hall.



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<![CDATA[Doncic, Young Unanimous NBA All-Rookie First-Teamers]]>510225711Tue, 21 May 2019 13:39:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1084434340.jpg

Dallas' Luka Dončić and Atlanta's Trae Young are unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team.

Phoenix's Deandre Ayton, Memphis' Jaren Jackson and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was announced Tuesday. It was chosen by 100 global voters of sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the league.

Dončić, 20, received first-place votes on all 100 ballots. He is the sixth player in franchise history to earn first-team honors and the first since Jason Kidd in 1994-95. He was one of only four NBA players to average at least 20 ppg, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the 2018-19 season -- and he was the only rookie.

Ayton, Bagley, Dončić, Jackson and Young were the first five picks in the 2018 NBA draft.

The Hawks had two all-rookie selections, with Kevin Huerter on the second team to join Young. Also on the second team were a pair of Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, along with Cleveland's Collin Sexton and New York's Mitchell Robinson.

Rookie of the year will be announced at the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles on June 24.

Below is more on Dončić from the Mavericks.

Dončić (6-7, 218) averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, a team-best 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.2 minutes per game in 72 games (all starts) for Dallas this past season. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

Among all rookies in 2018-19, Dončić ranked first in scoring (21.2 ppg), second in rebounding (7.8 rpg), second in assists (6.0 apg), fifth in steals (1.1 spg) and first in minutes (32.2 mpg).

The former EuroLeague MVP knocked down 168 3-pointers in 2018-19, marking the third-most triples by a rookie in league history. Donovan Mitchell (187 in 2017-18) and Damian Lillard (185 in 2012-13) are the only players to hit more treys in their first NBA season. Dončić also set Dallas rookie records for free throws made (346) and attempted (485).

The 6-7 guard/forward finished the season with eight triple-doubles, marking the third-most by a rookie in NBA history. Robertson (26 in 1960-61) and Ben Simmons (12 in 2017-18) are the only rookies to produce more. Dončić also broke Magic Johnson’s record (7) for the most triple-doubles by a player before his 21st birthday (Dončić doesn’t turn 21 until Feb. 28, 2020).

Dončić swept the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award, winning it all five times it was given out (for October/November, December, January, February and March/April). He became the only Maverick to win the Rookie of the Month Award four-plus times in a season and the first player from either conference to sweep the award since Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015-16.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Replacing Dance Squad With Entertainment Squad]]>510088191Fri, 17 May 2019 21:32:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs-Dancers-DMN-photo-072518.jpg

Dallas Mavericks fans will see fewer flashy moves at games.

The dance squad will be replaced with a new entertainment squad.

In a statement, Mavs owner Mark Cuban said instead of a formal dance squad, they want a wider variety of performers to entertain fans.

Those types of acts include jugglers, illusionists, stunt performers, comedy acts, ventriloquists and dancing animals.

The Mavs stressed that they're not getting rid of dancers entirely.

The team says current Mavs dancers, the Mavs Maaniacs and drummers will be invited to try out.

For years, the Mavs dancers and Maaniacs have entertained fans during breaks.

But last year, new CEO Cynt Marshall announced the dancers would show less skin and tone down their routines.

It came after a sexual harassment scandal shook up the Mavs front office.

Marshall, who used to work at AT&T was brought in to clean up the culture.

But for former dancers like Whitney Foster, eliminating the dance team was the wrong move. 

“I feel like that we are the lowest hanging fruit because it’s easy to go after women in organizations," said Foster.

Foster was on the team for four years before transitioning to train hopeful Mavs Dancers. She hopes the decision to put an end to the team will be revisited and reversed. 

"We’re so focused on culture, culture, culture, but we’re missing a big part of the culture which is us as dancers. We’re a huge part of this organization," said Foster.

Kitty Carter, who's got nearly 50 years experience training young dancers for professional careers, worries this move by the Mavs could signify a bigger shift. 

“This is going to be detrimental to the NFL, basketball, college pom because that’s really the only thing girls in Dallas have to do after college. There’s nothing else," said Carter.

Though she understands the push to make game time entertainment more family friendly, she doesn't believe that should've resulted in the elimination of the team.

“Just make it appropriate for everyone. You don’t have to get rid of it. Just make it appropriate," said Carter.

Tryouts for the entertainment squad will be held in July. They'll release more information in the next few weeks.



Photo Credit: Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Newy: NBA Draft Lottery Makes Western Conference Stronger]]>509987642Wed, 15 May 2019 17:50:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+NBA+DRAFT+LOTTO_2019-05-15-18-37-03.jpg

The hard-luck Dallas Mavericks came up empty once again in Tuesday evening’s NBA draft lottery. However, NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs is trying to look on the bright side.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Recognized Before Texas House and Senate]]>509918241Tue, 14 May 2019 14:45:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000842.jpg

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitizki was honored in Austin Tuesday afternoon appearing before the Texas House and Senate.

The Mavs forward met Governor Greg Abbott and received a resolution in his honor for his accomplishments on the court and in community service.

Gov. Abbott called Nowitzki the "greatest player in Mavs history."

The 40-year-old, who retired in April was congratulated by legislators and posed for photos.

Senator Royce West and Senator Nathan Johnson also spoke before the Senate recognizing the Dallas basketball legend.

Nowitzki, who is a 14-time All-Star, led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.

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<![CDATA[Draft Lottery Dreams: Mavs Have 1-in-4 Chance to Keep Pick]]>509834271Mon, 13 May 2019 21:34:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Zion-Williamson-Getty-051319.jpg

The NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday night, and the Dallas Mavericks hold a lottery pick for the third straight season.

In 2017, they drafted Dennis Smith Jr., who had a productive rookie campaign before being dealt to the New York Knicks. Last year, Dallas ended up with Luka Doncic, who raised expectations for an accelerated return to the playoffs with a standout first season.

For the 2019 draft, the Mavericks will only get to keep their first-round pick if it falls in the top five — the cost of acquiring Doncic's rights from the Atlanta Hawks last June.

Dallas has a 6% chance to land the No. 1 overall pick and a 26.3% chance of picking in the top five and maintaining its first round selection, according to Tankathon, which tracks NBA Draft Lottery odds.

The Mavericks' odds to win the first overall pick are tied for seventh-highest.

The percentages for each team in the NBA Draft Lottery changed a little bit this year. In 2019, for the first time, the teams with the three worst records all have the same odds to land the top pick, as opposed to in past years, when the team with the worst record had the best chance.

The NBA implemented this change to discourage all-out tanking, however the team with the worst record is still guaranteed one of the first five selections in the draft.

Another change is that the lottery will determine the draft's first four picks this year, as opposed to the first three, as it did in years past. After the first four selections, the remaining teams in the NBA Draft Lottery will be slotted based on record.

The numbers in the below chart are courtesy of Tankathon.

TeamRecordWin %Games BackTop-4 PickNo.1 Pick
New York17-65.207--52.1%14%
Cleveland19-63.2322.052.1%14%
Phoenix19-63.2322.052.1%14%
Chicago22-60.2685.048%12.5%
Atlanta29-53.35412.042.1%10.5%
Washington32-50.39015.037.2%9%
New Orleans33-49.40216.026.3%6%
Memphis33-49.40216.026.3%6%
Dallas33-49.40216.026.3%6%
Minnesota36-46.43919.013.9%3%
LA Lakers37-45.45120.09.4%2%
Charlotte39-43.47622.04.8%1%
Miami39-43.47622.04.8%1%
Sacramento39-43.47622.04.8%1%

In early 2019, it didn’t look like Dallas would have odds as high it does to keep its pick. In fact, it looked like the Mavericks, at 26-29 through Feb. 10, might even battle for a playoff spot.

But starting the next night, Feb. 11, Dallas started a 7-20 run to finish the season. The Mavericks could've given themselves even better odds if they didn’t win five of their last 10 games.

The losing started after the Mavericks’ two big midseason trades: dealing DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and Dennis Smith Jr. and two draft picks to the New York Knicks for Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis; and trading Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.

Now that all the story of how Dallas got to this point is out of the way, let's daydream like the Mavericks keep their first-round pick.

NBC Sports ranks the top five prospects in the NBA draft as Duke's Zion Williamson, Ja Morant of Murray State, Duke's R.J. Barrett, De'Andre Hunter from Virginia and Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech.

If the Mavericks don't land the first pick and the right to choose Williamson, then pass on Morant because they already have a point guard, they could still select a capable small forward-type with picks three through five.

Let's go with the "worst-case" scenario — say that's Culver. His game would appear to translate well to the NBA.

Want to dream even bigger? On top of a 1-in-4 chance to keep their first round draft pick, Dallas also has the salary cap space to sign a high-end free agent this summer.

This is a tricky one, because despite being a big-market team, the Mavericks consistently failed to land a superstar in his prime to play alongside Dirk Nowitzki during the big man's 21-year career. The most drama- (and emoji-) filled scenario came during the team's recruitment of Jordan in 2015. He ultimately played for Dallas briefly in 2018-19.

The top-end of the 2019 free agent class features Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard. After that, there are names like Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler and Khris Middleton.

Assuming the three biggest names go elsewhere (Irving wouldn’t fit in Dallas anyway with Doncic at point guard), imagine Dallas with Thompson or Walker to play off the ball with Doncic, Middleton to help space the floor for Porzingis or Butler to fill a need as a perimeter defender.

In conclusion, the Mavericks' 2019-20 starting lineup will be Luka Doncic, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Culver, Dwight Powell and Kristaps Porzingis.

Or maybe they sign Middleton instead, sliding Powell to the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. back into the starting lineup.

Are the odds of all these pieces falling into place low? Yes.

But is it fun to dream? Also, yes.



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<![CDATA[Video Surfaces Showing Mavs' Porzingis Bloodied After Fight]]>509826221Mon, 13 May 2019 05:27:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps-Porzingis-Getty-051219.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks say Kristaps Porzingis was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in his native Latvia.

After video showed the 7-foot-3 forward with a bloody forehead, the Mavericks said Sunday: "It is our understanding that Kristaps was jumped and assaulted outside of a club," without providing further details.

Video of the aftermath of the incident obtained by TMZ showed an agitated Porzingis in a torn shirt, pushing someone out of the way and approaching a group of men before several people stopped him and urged him to calm down.

The 23-year-old Porzingis was acquired by Dallas in a blockbuster deal with the New York Knicks before the trading deadline but hasn't played for the club. He missed the 2018-19 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in what turned out to be his final game for the Knicks in February 2018.

Porzingis will be a restricted free agent July 1, and the Mavericks have said they intend to sign him to a long-term contract.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[A Letter to Dallas From Dirk Nowitzki]]>508869131Sun, 21 Apr 2019 21:57:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-nowitzki-thank-you-letter.jpg

The Dirk Nowitzki era of Dallas Mavericks basketball came to an end after 21 seasons earlier this spring, but the legacy of the greatest player in franchise history is sure to carry on for generations.

And the 2011 NBA Finals MVP and 14-time All-Star isn't departing the hardwood for good without giving a proper thank you — or three — to the fans who were there for the ride that spanned more than two decades.

Nowitzki took out an ad in Sunday's edition of The News to give one more simple but eloquent thank you to the city of Dallas.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News and SportsDay.



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<![CDATA[John MacLeod, Longtime Phoenix Suns Coach, Dies at 81]]>508581821Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:14:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1199430.jpg

John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals and coached the Dallas Mavericks in the 1980s, has died. He was 81.

MacLeod's son, Matt, confirmed his father's death Sunday to The Associated Press. The elder MacLeod fought Alzheimer's disease for more than a decade.

MacLeod is the winningest coach in Suns history, going 579-543 in the regular season from 1973-87. He also coached the Dallas Mavericks from 1987-89 and the New York Knicks in 1990-91, finishing his 18-year head coaching career with a 707-657 mark.

"We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Mavericks head coach John MacLeod. MacLeod led the team during some of best Mavericks moments including Moody Madness, its first-ever seven game series and its first- ever Conference Finals in 1988. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Carol, daughter Kathleen and son Matt. He will be missed by the entire Mavericks organization," the team said Monday.

MacLeod had his most success in Phoenix, capped by the 1975-76 "Sundarella Suns" run to the NBA Finals. The Suns lost to Boston in six games in the finals, with the Celtics' triple-overtime victory in Game 5 at Boston Garden regarded as one of the greatest games ever.

"His passion for the game was matched only by his endearing personality, humility and class, a man who was loved by everyone that had the pleasure of interacting with him," the Suns said in a statement. "Coach MacLeod was a winner in every sense and will be dearly missed by our entire Phoenix Suns family."

His Phoenix teams made nine playoff appearances, also reaching the Western Conference finals in 1979 and 1984. He had a franchise- record 37 playoff victories, and was placed in the Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor in 2012.

MacLeod also worked as an assistant with Phoenix, Denver and Golden State, ending his coaching career with the Warriors in 2006. He was a college head coach at Oklahoma from 1967-73 and Notre Dame from 1991-99, with son Matt a member of the Fighting Irish squad in his father's last two seasons. MacLeod starred at Providence High School in Clarksville, Indiana, and in college at Bellarmine.

MacLeod also is survived by wife Carol and daughter Kathleen.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki's Final Exit Interview]]>508456112Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:21:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00115.jpg

The Mavericks conducted their exit interviews this afternoon after the team's season came to an end last night. NBC 5's Pat Doney has more on Dirk Nowitzki's final interview as a Dallas Mavericks player.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Posts 'Signing Off' Video]]>508445212Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:43:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-signing.jpg

Dallas Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki officially signs off after announcing his retirement Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Emotional, Tearful End to Dirk Nowitzki's Career]]>508421141Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:44:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-nowitzki-fans-san-antonio.jpg

Wednesday saw a final farewell to Dirk Nowitzki, a true professional basketball icon.

The shot clock on Nowitzki’s 21-season career reached zero in his final game played against the Spurs in San Antonio.

“He’s on the other team, but if you’re a basketball fan, you will truly appreciate him because he’s offered so much to the game,” Gene Harkey of Austin said. “He is the namesake of the Mavericks by far. They’ve had other great players, but he’s the man.”

Nowittzki broke down into tears on the court when he heard his name announced one last time. The emotions continued throughout the game with fans for both teams cheering on his every move.

“Well, I’m going to miss him. He was a superstar,” Harkey said. “To me he was the first big man that shot the three pointer very well. He’s a great person. He seems like a tremendous teammate.”

The Spurs made a tribute video for the future hall-of-famer and the crowd constantly chanted “MVP” during the game.

“I’ve always known him as a Spurs killer. When he played against us. He played real good, He’s a good player,” Spurs fan Jimmy Alfaro said.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the team will retire Nowitzki’s number (41) and said there would someday be a statue to the 7-footer at the American Airlines Center.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Fall to Spurs in Dirk's Final Game]]>508412361Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:12:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Nowitzki-Gregg-Popovich-041019.jpg

LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-94 on Wednesday night in Dirk Nowitzki's final game.

Nowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the finale of his storied 21-season career -- all with the Mavericks. Nowitzki announced he was retiring Tuesday night following Dallas' final home game of the season.

The Spurs couldn't afford any sentimentality with playoff positioning at stake Wednesday, and they didn't show any. San Antonio raced to a double-figure lead and led by as many as 22 points.

The Spurs finished seventh in the Western Conference as a result of Oklahoma City's 127-116 victory over Milwaukee. They will face the No. 2 seed, either Denver or Houston, in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wednesday's sell-out crowd cheered wildly each time Nowitzki entered the game or touched the ball and let out a collective groan when he missed a shot. He was serenaded with chants of "MVP" throughout the game by the crowd filled with patrons wearing his No. 41 jersey.

It was only fitting that Nowitzki's final game came against the Spurs, who he has had many memorable battles against during the regular season and postseason. Perhaps the most memorable was the 2006 Western Conference finals against San Antonio. After the Spurs battled back from a 3-1 series deficit and a 20-point lead in Game 7, Manu Ginobili fouled Nowitzki on a layup with 21.6 seconds remaining. Nowitzki made the free throw to forge a tie and the Mavs went on to win in overtime on the way to the franchise's first NBA Finals appearance.

DeMar Derozan finished with 19 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Spurs, who finished with a 49-34 record.

Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee added 14 points each for Dallas, which was without Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Nowitzki averaged 15.3 minutes and started 20 games this season, the lowest numbers of his career. He started 24 games as a rookie while playing 20.4 minutes. ... Nowitzki has played 38 games in San Antonio, tied for the third-highest total of any player. Utah legends Karl Malone and John Stockton each played 46 games in San Antonio. Denver's Alex English played 39, and Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon played 38. ... Doncic missed three of Dallas' final four games due to a thigh injury. He missed back-to-back games against Memphis with a bruised right thigh, played 32 minutes against Phoenix, and missed the team's finale with a bruised left thigh.

Spurs: Bryn Forbes finished with 10 points in 26 minutes. . San Antonio only had four players in double figures.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: The offseason.

Spurs: First round of the Western Conference playoffs.



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<![CDATA[That's a Wrap: Dirk's Final Game in San Antonio]]>508416642Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:13:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+Gutz+041019.jpg

NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Kris Gutierrez look back at Dirk Nowitzki's final two games and his 21-year career with the Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Carlisle Reflect on Dirk's Last 2 Games]]>508413912Wed, 10 Apr 2019 21:36:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Carlisle_Post_041019.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki and Mavericks' head coach Rick Carlisle reflect on Nowitzki's career and the outpouring of love he recession Tuesday and Wednesday nights.]]>
<![CDATA[Nowitzki Says Goodbye at Home, Set to Visit Spurs in Finale]]>508370111Wed, 10 Apr 2019 18:33:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-retirement-postgame-fssw-02.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki notched season highs in points, shots and minutes before telling Dallas Mavericks fans that his record 21st season with the same franchise would be his last.

Then the 40-year-old said he gave just about all he had in what he knew would be his final home game , which might make the last game of his career at San Antonio on Wednesday night little more than a curtain call. It's a fitting finale in some regards because the Spurs were probably Nowitzki's biggest rivals.

"I'm going to try to play a little bit tomorrow and still enjoy and hoist a few jumpers," said Nowitzki, who had 30 points on 31 shots in 33 minutes in a 120-109 win over Phoenix. "Tonight for me, of course, was the big night. One more time in front of these amazing fans that have supported me and pushed me over two decades."

The Spurs played a tribute video for Nowitzki before the game started.

The 14-time All-Star said the Mavericks bought more than 300 tickets in order for employees to attend what everyone now knows will be his final game. And the most accomplished European player in NBA history is merely playing out the string again in a third straight season without the playoffs, the longest drought of Nowitzki's career.

But on Nowitzki's special night, nobody was thinking about the Mavericks never winning another playoff series with the best player in franchise history after he led them to their only championship in 2011.

Not any of the former NBA stars who made the trip. Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Shawn Kemp and countryman Detlef Schrempf took the court Tuesday night and gave brief speeches in honor of the player who was shown in an old video listing each of them as among those he idolized growing up in Germany.

And certainly not coach Rick Carlisle or owner Mark Cuban, who promised Nowitzki a job for life, a jersey retirement and a statue. Plus, the win over the Suns did allow the Mavericks to avoid a second straight 50-loss season.

"I was so happy for Dirk," Carlisle said. "The only thing he's ever cared about is bringing this fan base success, and helping these fans experience success, and ultimate success. This wasn't a winning season, but it was triumphant in many ways because of the respect and all of attention Dirk got for 21 years being with the same franchise."

Nowitzki said he had broken down emotionally a few times in private since deciding in recent days that it was time to retire, including on the day of his final home game with his wife, Jessica Nowitzki, after putting on the suit he wore to the arena.

But the league's 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP also knew how difficult the past two seasons had been physically, including missing the first 26 games of his final campaign after a longer-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery last April. Nowitzki was experiencing flare-ups in his feet and ankles late this season.

"It takes a lot at 40 to get ready every night and then with the foot pain," Nowitzki said. "It just took a little bit of the fun away from the sport I love. I think that actually made the decision easier for me."

The highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history has 31,540 points with a game left. Nowitzki eclipsed 10,000 defensive rebounds late this season -- and fans who went wild nearly every time he hit a shot even cheered those moments.

The only 7-footer to win the All-Star 3-point shooting contest was the first player of his size to be a legitimate threat behind the arc. All of the game's biggest stars say that dimension changed the game, and many of them emulated his signature one-legged fadeaway jumper -- the shot he used on his final bucket at home late in the fourth quarter.

"You want to leave the game in a better place than you got it, and you've done that," Kemp said during the postgame ceremony. "Not only did you bring a championship to Dallas, you are a champion."

With one more game before his final goodbye.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Ends Career in San Antonio, Fans Emotional]]>508362691Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:36:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-employees-san-antonio.jpg

After months of speculation, Dirk Nowitzki officially announced his retirement from professional basketball Tuesday night.

Following an emotional sendoff during his last home game at the American Airlines Center, it was on the road to San Antonio for his last game ever.

On Wednesday, team staffers filled several buses bound for San Antonio so that employees could witness Dirk's final game in person.

Ending his career against the cross-state rival Spurs seems fitting for many fans.

"He’s one of the best power forwards. He’s going to be missed," one fan said holding tight to an autograph from Nowitzki in San Antonio.

Mavericks and Spurs fans waited outside the team’s San Antonio hotel Wednesday morning for one last look at the legend.

"He’s the franchise. He brought them a championship and made a lot of great players out of… I don’t want to say nobodys, but…," fan Darnell Wilkerson said.

Sources close to the Spurs said the team has a video sendoff planned for Nowitzki in his final game.

For those close to the Mavericks, the retirement is still sinking in.

"I’m predicting that it probably won’t hit me until sometime when the Mavericks come back and they have media day and everybody comes down the stairs in the locker room and onto to practice floor in the American Airlines Center and he’s not there," the voice of Mavericks Radio Chuck Copperstein said.

"When we got off the plane, I happened to run into him and I said, 'You’re unbelievable and you’re the best and there really is little else that needs to be said,'" Cooperstein added. "He’s just such a humble, honorable guy."



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<![CDATA[Dirk's Final Game in Dallas]]>508360801Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:07:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Final+Game+%286%29.JPGDirk Nowitzki played in his final game at the American Airlines Center Tuesday night. Fans, teammates, the Mavericks and even a few NBA legends made sure the night was all about Nowitzki.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Announces Retirement After Final Home Game for Mavs]]>508301941Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:06:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-retirement-postgame-fssw-01.jpg

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is retiring from the NBA after a record 21 seasons with the same franchise. Nowitzki announced his retirement Tuesday night after scoring a season-high 30 points in his final home game, a 120-109 win over the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center.

The 40-year-old became emotional during the game, fighting back tears just before action resumed at the start of the second quarter following a tribute video that detailed his holiday visit as 'Uncle Dirk' to Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Nowitzki's final basket in Dallas was his signature one-legged fadeaway from slightly above the free throw line for a 120-108 lead with 1:22 remaining after the Mavericks had let a 30-point halftime cushion get cut to four in the fourth quarter.

After speeches from Larry Bird and others he idolized growing up in Germany, Nowitzki told the crowd, "As you guys might expect, this is my last home game."

The sellout crowd that followed owner Mark Cuban's orders by showing up early chanted "M-V-P" and "One More Year" throughout the game. But after he made the announcement, the chant turned to "Thank you, Dirk" as Cuban started to speak.

The 14-time All-Star has one game remaining, Dallas' season finale in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

"This is obviously super, super emotional," Nowitzki said. "Just too many people to really thank. I put you guys on a helluva ride with a lot of ups and downs, and you guys always stuck with me and supported me, so I appreciate it."

Dirk went on to reassure fans that though he was leaving the court, he wasn't leaving Dallas, or maybe even the Mavericks.

Fans arrived Tuesday to find larger-than-life placards of Nowitzki's face perched on most of the roughly 20,000 seats at American Airlines Center as well as a huge mural hung over one of the entrances to the arena.

Nowitzki, a few steps slower than in his prime and a role-model player on a team now led by rookie sensation and fellow European Luka Doncic, was serenaded in every road arena this season like it was a farewell tour.

Last month, he gave the home folks the thrill of passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list. Nowitzki reached that spot last season, but LeBron James passed him. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011, has 31,540 points with one game left.

The NBA's highest-scoring foreign-born player broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the same franchise, although it took longer than expected because of setbacks following ankle surgery that sidelined Nowitzki for the first 26 games. Bryant retired from the Lakers three years ago.

Nowitzki has earned ovations in road arenas around the country this season and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver added both he and Miami's Dwyane Wade to the All-Star Game this season (Wade announced his plans to retire at season’s end and Miami held their own ceremony Tuesday). Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers even called a timeout late in the fourth quarter of a game at Staples Center, grabbed the public address microphone and called for the crowd to stand and salute Nowitzki.

"This has been a beautiful thing, really. It's just been beautiful. The love that he's gotten universally, throughout the league, has been just amazing," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. "I've never seen anything quite like this, where you've got a guy that hasn't declared that this is his last year, but people are – even so, they still are showing their support, and their respect, and their love for what he's done over 21 years. It's been an amazing experience to be a small part of."

Since his debut in 1998, Nowitzki has become the only Mavericks player to win an MVP award and led Dallas to North Texas' only title in the four major professional sports this century.

Nowitzki's place as the best Maverick is solidified — he's the career leader in games, points, rebounds and blocked shots. Meanwhile, his longevity has allowed him to surpass many of his peers and enter into elite territory.

He has never led the league in a major statistical category during any one regular season, but after 21 seasons in the league only five players ever have scored more points than Nowitzki: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

He's had many Western Conference nemeses over the course of his career, at various times it was Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Chris Webber-era Sacramento Kings, Tracy McGrady's Houston Rockets and, of course, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs.

Starting with the 2000-01 season, the Mavericks won 50 or more games 11 years in a row. That's the third longest streak of 50-win seasons in NBA history behind the San Antonio Spurs, who won 50 or more games in 18 consecutive seasons from 1998-99 to 2015-16, and the Los Angeles Lakers, who did it 12 straight seasons from 1978-79 to 1990-91.

With all due respect to those who suited up for Dallas in those 11 seasons, Duncan and Magic Johnson had significantly better rosters surrounding them during their runs.

Duncan had two sure-fire Hall of Famers by his side the whole time in Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, and David Robinson was still around when the streak started.

The Lakers of the 1980s had Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, joined in some years by Jamaal Wilkes and Bob McAdoo — all five are in the Hall of Fame.

Nowitzki had three current or potential Hall of Famers on his teams in those 11 seasons — Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion — either before or after the prime of their careers. Nash won two MVP awards with Phoenix, Kidd spent the bulk of his career in New Jersey and Marion was a four-time all-star with the Suns.

In those 11 seasons though, the Mavericks still won 620 regular season games, second only to the Spurs' 634. This despite a rotating cast of Robins to Nowitzki's Batman that included Michael Finley, Nash, Josh Howard, Jason Terry, Kidd and Marion.

In addition to the all-time scoring list, Nowitzki is a member of another elite club: players who have posted a 40/50/90 season. The numbers signify shooting 40 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 90 percent from the free throw line.

Only seven players in the history of the NBA have posted those numbers since the league introduced the three-point line ahead of the 1979-80 season. They are Larry Bird, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Reggie Miller, Mark Price, Nash and Nowitzki.

Bird did it twice, while Nash achieved it four times.

Of the players on that list, Nowitzki is the tallest – and it's not close. He helped usher in the era of power forwards and centers stepping outside to shoot the ball from deep.

"He deserves all that, he deserves even more," Mavericks' rookie point guard Luka Doncic said. "All the things he gave to the NBA, to basketball. You can see, every big fella trying to shoot the ball from three. Dirk made it happen and he deserves everything."

And while his contributions to the game of basketball have been great, his connection to the city of Dallas is just as strong. No NBA player has spent as many years with one team as Nowitzki's 21 seasons with the Mavericks.

"He's a legend man. Like everybody calls him, he's the GOAT, one of the best players ever to play in the NBA," said Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, now in his 11th season with Texas. "Really a guy that I kind of admire throughout the years, here in Texas. Everything he brought for the city, for the organization in a Hall of Fame career."

He brought an unprecedented run of success to Dallas-Fort Worth and delivered North Texas' first NBA title. Now, the city – and the NBA – have returned the favor.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA['There He Is!' -- A 'Dirk' Nowitzki Story]]>508343671Tue, 09 Apr 2019 17:11:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/noah-bullard-dirk-nowitzki.jpg

NBC 5 Photojournalist Noah Bullard shares his memory of working with Dirk Nowitzki over the last two decades. "I can spend all day telling Dirk stories and I'll share this one," Noah said.

"There he is!"

That's how Dirk greets me.

In other words, he doesn't know my name but he knows who I am.

I arrived in Dallas in 1998 and one of my first assignments was to shoot Dirk's arrival at the DFW airport.

This is back when you could walk up to the gate.

To my surprise there was about 20 to 30 fans waiting at baggage claim. My first thought was, "How do these people even know he's arriving today?"

Anyway, pulling up in a golf cart was this tall, skinny dude with a hoop earring and 90's hair. Truthfully, his hair was more like '93 than '98 and he was about five years behind in style.

He looked surprised to see fans, too, but he signed autographs with a smile and took pictures with all of them.

He was very shy and with a strong German accent he fought through our TV interviews.

He later grabbed his bags and pushed his SmarteCarte by himself to catch his ride with Donnie Nelson. Innocent times.

I recently shared that story with Dirk and this is how that conversation went.

Dirk: "There he is!"
Noah: "He Dirk, I was going through some old video footage. Do you remember the day you arrived at DFW Airport with all the fans?"
Dirk: "Oh yeah, I saw that video somewhere too. That was some bad hair. I thought it was so cool that all these fans came out to see me. I thought I had a fan base already, BUT I later found out Ross Perot Jr. asked some of his friends and family to go out to the airport and cheer me on to make me feel good." (Perot Jr owned the Mavs at the time)
Noah: (laughing) "Well, you have a huge fan base now."
Dirk: "Ha, ha!"

He then starts to walk off and sees the next guy down the hallway, "There he is!"



Photo Credit: Noah Bullard]]>
<![CDATA[Swish41 Says Goodbye]]>508342482Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:40:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Swish41_Says_Goodbye.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki greeted fans at American Airlines Center of what is expected to be his last home game.

Photo Credit: Jack Highberger]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Through the Years]]>124086269Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:45:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+DIRK+NOW.gifDirk Nowitzki plays Tuesday in the final home game of what is expected to be his final season. He joined the Dallas Mavericks at age 19, and my how he's changed through the years!

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<![CDATA[Mavs Making Note of What Could be Nowitzki's Final Home Game]]>508338631Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:45:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-1126312055.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki has not said whether he is retiring because he never wanted a farewell tour.

As much as the Mavericks have tried to honor the 40-year-old's request, owner Mark Cuban makes no secret of the team's desire to recognize the big German in the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise. Dallas hosts Phoenix on Tuesday night.

"I know a little bit. Don't want to know too much," Nowitzki said recently of the plans, which include a giant downtown mural and other tidbits that were detailed in a news release last week around the same time Cuban told fans to show up early and expect to stay late. "I still kind of got to focus on the game. Just want to go out there and hopefully perform a little bit and enjoy competing. Everything else will be a surprise to me."

A watch party is planned for the final game of the season in San Antonio on Wednesday, with the Mavericks long since eliminated from the playoff contention for a third straight season. It's the longest drought of Nowitzki's career.

Nowitzki, a few steps slower than in his prime and a role player on a team now led by rookie sensation and fellow European Luka Doncic, has been serenaded in every road arena. Some opposing fans chanted, "We want Dirk," late in games with outcomes decided and Nowitzki on the bench.

The 14-time All-Star gave the home folks the thrill of passing Wilt Chamberlain to regain sixth on the career scoring list last month. Nowitzki reached that spot last season, but LeBron James passed him. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011, had 31,510 points with two games to go.

The NBA's highest-scoring, foreign-born player broke Kobe Bryant's record of 20 seasons with the same franchise, although it took longer than expected because of setbacks following ankle surgery that sidelined Nowitzki for the first 26 games.

Bryant retired from the Lakers three years ago. It's expected that Nowitzki will pass on joining former teammate Vince Carter, who has said he plans to return for a record 22nd season. Carter has played for eight teams.

If Nowitzki doesn't return, the 20-year-old Doncic still will be able to say he spent a season with the player who changed the game as the first 7-footer who was a legitimate threat from the 3-point line.

"All the things he did for the NBA," Doncic said. "Now every big fella trying to shoot the ball from 3. Dirk made it happen, and he deserves everything."

Nowitzki will get showered with praise Tuesday night, whether he wants it or not.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Sarah Stier/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Fans Prepare to Say Goodbye to Dirk Nowitzki]]>508306931Tue, 09 Apr 2019 13:44:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_DIRK_NOWITZKI_DALLAS_MAVS.jpg

North Texas is preparing to say goodbye to a true sports legend.

It appears to be the final days of Dirk Nowitzki’s run with the Dallas Mavericks. Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns will likely be Nowitzki’s final home game. He hasn't announced whether or not he will return for the 2019-2020 season.

"There’s going to be tears. We need to come up with an over-under on the standing ovation," 105.3 The Fan radio host Shan Shariff. "He’s probably going to want to try to end it. I hope they don’t let him sit down in the AAC. I hope the fans don’t sit down."

The hosts at 105.3 The Fan will spend much of Tuesday remembering what Nowitzki meant to North Texas.

"You can’t find any NBA star that has one bad thing to say about him," Shariff said. "You can argue that he is the best at his craft and what he does as anyone who’s played any sport in DFW."

Nowitzki is a 14-time All Star and takes the sixth spot for the NBA's all-time scoring list.

"[He was] the greatest athlete of a generation here in Dallas," host Roy White said. "For anybody born in the late 80’s or early 90’s here in Dallas, Dirk is the greatest athlete we have seen in person."

Fans are expected to pack the American Airlines Center for a grand sendoff.

The Mavericks have remained somewhat quiet about what is planned, but our partners at the Dallas Morning News report that there will be surprise video tributes throughout the game with possible speeches by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Nowitzki himself.

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<![CDATA[Cuban: 'It's Always Just Been About Winning']]>508288042Mon, 08 Apr 2019 18:23:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+CUBAN+ON+SUCCESS+FOR+WEB_2019-04-08-19-15-34.jpg

The Mavericks have not won a playoff series since their championship run in 2011. NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs asked Mavs owner Mark Cuban if he did enough to build a contender in the twilight years of Dirk Nowitzki's Hall of Fame career.]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban: Dirk 'Can Do Whatever He Wants' Next Fall]]>508246332Sun, 07 Apr 2019 21:53:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban+2+040719.jpg

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban chats with NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs about Dirk Nowitzki's future and whether he, as an owner, has done enough to help Nowitzki win during his career.

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<![CDATA[Mejri, Burke Lead Mavs Past Grizzlies in OT]]>508246941Sun, 07 Apr 2019 20:20:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs6.jpg

Salah Mejri scored a career-high 19 points, including the tying basket in regulation and the first seven points of overtime as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 129-127 on Sunday night.

Mejri, who had nine rebounds and four blocks, was 7 of 12 from the floor and made a pair of 3-pointers. Trey Burke led the Mavericks with 24 points, 14 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Justin Jackson and Dorian Finney-Smith added 16 points apiece, and Finney-Smith grabbed 12 rebounds.

Delon Wright had his second consecutive triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the Grizzlies. Justin Holiday paced Memphis with a career-high 30 points.

Memphis led 112-110 after Ivan Rabb hit one of two free throws with 54.5 seconds left in regulation. After four misses inside by the Mavericks, they pulled even when Mejri scored on a putback with 1.5 seconds remaining.

That sent the game to overtime after Memphis couldn't get a shot off before the horn sounded ending regulation.

In the extra period, Mejri scored on a pair of dunks and then a 3-pointer to give Dallas an early lead. Memphis tied it but could never go ahead, and the Mavericks made three of four free throws in the final 15 seconds.

Wright's 3-point attempt as the horn sounded was short.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, who only played in the first half, has appeared in 76 games against the Grizzlies -- the most regular-season games against the franchise by any NBA player. He is also second in scoring against the Grizzlies behind Kobe Bryant. . Nowitzki grabbed his 10,000th defensive rebound in the first quarter, becoming the fifth NBA player to reach that milestone. . Dallas rookie Luka Doncic missed his fourth game in the last five with a variety of injuries, most notably a bruised right thigh.

Grizzlies: A 3-pointer in the second quarter set a franchise record for 3s in a season with 768. The previous mark of 767 was set in 2016-17. ... Bruno Caboclo had a career-high 17 rebounds. His previous best was 13 on March 27 against Golden State. . Point guard Mike Conley missed his fourth straight game with left ankle soreness.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in their final home game of the season.

Grizzlies: Play at Detroit on Tuesday in their last road game.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Brandon Dill/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban: 'I Thought We Had a Trade for Kobe']]>508246232Sun, 07 Apr 2019 20:30:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban+040719.jpg

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says in 2007, he and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss came close to agreeing on a trade that would have brought Kobe Bryant to Dallas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Wright Trumps Dirk Dunk to Lift Grizzlies Past Mavs 122-112]]>508197871Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:59:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_DIRK_NOWITZKI_DALLAS_MAVS.jpg

Delon Wright set career highs with 26 points and 14 assists in his first triple-double after Dirk Nowitzki's first dunk of the season opened the scoring in what could be his second-to-last home game for Dallas, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Mavericks 122-112 on Friday night.

Nowitzki, playing a record 21st season with the same franchise, took a pick-and-roll pass from seldom-used guard Courtney Lee with rookie sensation Luka Doncic resting a sore thigh and dunked with two hands, hanging on the rim for emphasis.

The 40-year-old sent the Dallas bench into a frenzy. Among those celebrating in street clothes -- putting his hands to his head with his mouth open -- was young Euro star Kristaps Porzingis, who grew up watching the 7-foot German and has said he'd love to play with Nowitzki next season.

The Mavericks acquired Porzingis in a blockbuster deal with the Knicks, but chose not to play the 7-3 Latvian as he continues to recover from a torn knee ligament sustained with the Knicks last season.

Nowitzki hasn't said he will retire, but the team has big plans for the final home game of the season Tuesday against Phoenix.

Road games have had the feel of a farewell tour, and Dallas County commissioners recently declared April the "month of Dirk" while commemorating the 14-time All-Star passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the career scoring list.

Nowitzki left to a standing ovation in the fourth quarter, finishing with 12 points and seven defensive rebounds. He needs one defensive rebound to become the fifth NBA player with 10,000 for his career.

Doncic's first-year backcourt mate, Jalen Brunson, also sat for Dallas along with center Dwight Powell. Mike Conley, Memphis' leading scorer, missed his third straight game with left ankle soreness.

Justin Holiday scored 20 points on his 30th birthday as Memphis won again after blowing out the Mavericks by 30 on their home court in early March. The Grizzlies will go for a four-game season sweep Sunday at home. The teams came in with matching 31-47 records.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Wright had 10 rebounds. His previous scoring high was 25 twice, most recently March 5 against Portland. ... Chandler Parsons, who spent two seasons in Dallas and still gets booed by Mavericks fans after signing with the Grizzlies as a free agent three years ago, scored 11 points. ... C Tyler Zeller scored 10 points after signing for the rest of the season earlier in the day.

Mavericks: Lee led Dallas with 21 points, and Justin Jackson added 19. ... Nowitzki led the Mavericks with his seven rebounds, and Lee had a team-high seven assists.

UP NEXT

The teams play again Sunday in Memphis.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavs GM Shares Thoughts on Dirk Nowitzki]]>508190362Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:39:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Dirk-Nowitzki-032319.jpg

Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Porzingis Impresses Mavs in Practice Scrimmages]]>508122041Thu, 04 Apr 2019 17:45:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps-Porzingis-033019.jpg

Since it was revealed last week that new Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis is been accused of rape in New York City last year, the Mavericks have maintained that they are not commenting on the situation and that nothing will change with Porzingis's status with the team as he continues to rehab a knee injury.

In the meantime, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle emphasized Porzingis will not play in games this season because of a knee injury he suffered last year, but Carlisle was also sure to point out behind the scenes, in practice, Porzingis looks really good.

"He's a terrific player," said Carlisle.  "I think he's going to have a lot of impact on both ends of the floor.  He's a very unique talent."

"You can tell he is itching to play," said Mavericks forward Dwight Powell.  "We're out here playing five-on-five in practice in April, and it's a grind, but he's competing.  You can tell he wants to play and he looks healthy.  We're looking forward to getting him back out there."

And when Porzingis has played five-on-five in practice, Carlisle is using the opportunity to get a head start for next season, making sure to play him with the starters he is likely to be on the floor with in the years ahead.

"It definitely helps," said Carlisle.  "When he had his first five-on-five scrimmage, I had him with that same starting group.  Let's not mess around here.  Let's get him acquainted with the guys he's going to be playing with and move forward from there."

Moving forward with the future in mind, with a key piece to 2020 Mavs success already making an impact even without playing in games this season.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Towns, Wiggins Help T-wolves Turn Away Mavs Rally]]>508090651Wed, 03 Apr 2019 21:24:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Karl-Anthony-Towns-Getty-040319.jpg

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit the go-ahead bucket in the final minute and the Minnesota Timberwolves turned back a fourth-quarter rally by Dallas for a 110-108 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 27 points, but passed up a potential winning 3-pointer on another cold night from long range. Jalen Brunson took the pass and missed from 3 at the buzzer on a shot that would have required a replay to see if the fellow rookie got it off in time.

Wiggins scored 19 points, including an easy tiebreaking shot inside on an assist from Josh Okogie with 19 seconds remaining. The Timberwolves won for the third time in 11 games and avoided a three-game season sweep by Dallas, which trailed by 12 early in the fourth.

Dirk Nowitzki, who has just two home games remaining in what is expected to be the 40-year-old's final season, scored nine points. The Mavericks were coming off their first two-game winning streak since early February.

Nowitzki scored his first seven points in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second quarter after joining a presentation from Dallas County officials, who a day earlier declared April the "month of Dirk" while honoring him for recently passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the career scoring list.

Towns, who scored at least 30 points in both of the first two Dallas meetings, was 12 of 15 from the field. The two-time All-Star recorded his 53rd double-double of the season and had three blocks.

Doncic, returning after missing two games with a right thigh contusion, wasn't the only old, cold Dallas shooter. He was 2 of 8 while Nowitzki, playing a record 21st season with the same franchise, was 1 of 8 as the Mavericks shot 18% (7 of 39) from beyond the arc.

The 20-year-old Doncic is shooting 23 percent from 3 since March 1.

TIP-INS
Timberwolves: Tyus Jones scored 15, and Dario Saric added 14. ... Wiggins had a game-high seven assists. ... The assist on Wiggins' go-ahead basket was the only one of the game for Okogie.

Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith sat with a cut on his mouth. He was the only player to appear in all 77 Dallas games coming in. ... Brunson scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter, but had his 15-game streak of double-digit scoring stopped. ... After making two 3s in a game for the first time in his career in a win over Philadelphia, 7-foot-2 center Salah Mejri missed all four from long range but made all five from inside the arc and scored 11 points.

UP NEXT
Timberwolves: Miami at home Friday.

Mavericks: Memphis at home Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Bracing for Nowitzki's Possible Swan Song]]>508073322Wed, 03 Apr 2019 15:54:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONEY+6PM+MAVS+FOR+WEB_2019-04-03-16-46-14.jpg

The Mavericks are hosting the Timberwolves in what could be the final stretch of Dirk Nowitzki's Hall of Fame career. NBC 5's Pat Doney shares reaction from Rick Carlisle and Luka Doncic on the emotional tributes Nowitzki has received.]]>
<![CDATA[Jackson Scores 24 to Lead Mavericks Past 76ers]]>507980491Mon, 01 Apr 2019 21:19:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Justin Jackson scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter and the Dallas Mavericks took advantage of a short-handed Philadelphia 76ers lineup in a 122-102 victory Monday night.

Philadelphia went more than 10 minutes without a field goal spanning the second and third quarters. Dallas took advantage to build a 20-point lead early in the third and protected it from there.

Jackson, acquired on Feb. 6 from Sacramento, had his highest point total with Dallas. He led a balanced Mavericks effort as leading scorer Luka Doncic sat out his second straight game with a thigh contusion.

Eleven Mavs played double-digit minutes and six scored in double figures, led by Salah Mejri's 16 points and 14 rebounds. Dallas won for just the fifth time in its last 22 games.

Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points in 17 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back. With the game well in hand in the fourth quarter, the home crowd broke into a chorus of "We want Dirk! We want Dirk!"

Nowitzki has five games remaining, three at home, in what is expected to be his final season.

Playing without Joel Embiid (load management) and Jimmy Butler (back tightness), Philadelphia leaned heavily on its three other regular starters. J.J. Redick had 26 points, while Tobias Harris added 25 and Ben Simmons 17.

But it wasn't nearly enough. Redick made 4 of 11 3s, while the rest of the team shot 2 for 22 from behind the arc.

The Sixers got no closer than 11 in the second half. Jackson scored nine of his team's last 11 in the third quarter to restore the lead to 20.

With key players for both teams out, Dallas out of the playoff picture and Philadelphia nearly locked into the East's third seed, the game became a chance for the Sixers to try different lineup combinations and the Mavericks to give minutes to young players.

Nothing worked for Philadelphia in the second quarter, when the Sixers missed their final 14 shots spanning the last 8:22 of the first half. Dallas closed the half on a 28-8 run, capped by Nowitzki's 3-pointer that spun around the rim, popped up and then fell through.

PORZINGIS ON THE BENCH
Kristaps Porzingis, who has been accused of raping a woman in New York last year while a member of the Knicks, was dressed in a suit on the Mavericks' bench. Coach Rick Carlisle said he had called Porzingis on Sunday mentioning that the Mavs were open to giving him time off, but that Porzingis told Carlisle he wanted to be with the team. "From a basketball standpoint, it's business as usual," Carlisle said.

TIP-INS
76ers: Rookie Zhaire Smith, the 16th pick in the first round of the 2018 draft, made just his second appearance of the season. He played 10 minutes and didn't score. ... Philadelphia, one of the NBA's best home teams, is just 19-19 on the road.

Mavericks: Owner Mark Cuban said he had nothing to say about Porzingis' situation, citing that federal authorities had told the team not to comment. He did, however, offer that the team would honor Nowitzki in its final home game on April 9. "If you can get here for the last game, you want to be here for the last game in Dallas," Cuban said. "It's going to be a special night whether he likes it or wants it or not."

UP NEXT
76ers: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Rape Allegation Against Mavs' Porzingis]]>507960501Mon, 01 Apr 2019 21:03:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps-Porzingis-033019.jpg

A New York City police official has confirmed that there is an investigation into a rape allegation against NBA star and new Dallas Mavericks player Kristaps Porzingis.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said on Monday that the department has an ongoing probe. He declined to give further details.

An attorney for Porzingis had acknowledged last week that a woman had accused the Mavs forward of raping her in his Manhattan apartment last year while he was playing for the Knicks.

But the lawyer, Roland Riopelle, said the allegation was false and was part of an extortion attempt.

Riopelle said Porzingis reported the woman to the FBI in December.

The FBI declined comment Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Without Doncic, Mavericks Stun Thunder]]>507919041Sun, 31 Mar 2019 16:51:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dwight-Powell-Getty-033119.jpg

Trey Burke had 25 points and eight assists, Dwight Powell scored the winning basket on a dunk with 21 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks, playing without star rookie Luka Doncic, stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-103 on Sunday.

Jalen Brunson had 18 points, Devin Harris added 15 and Dirk Nowitzki -- playing perhaps his final game in Oklahoma City -- grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds to go with seven points for the Mavericks, who were 3-17 over their previous 20 games.

Russell Westbrook had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 30th triple-double of the season and Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, which had sealed a Western Conference playoff spot Saturday when the Sacramento Kings lost. But Oklahoma City has struggled since the All-Star break, going 7-13.

Dallas led 93-84 after Burke made one of two free throws with 6:50 left, but Oklahoma City used a 14-4 run and went ahead 98-97 with 1:59 left on two free throws by George, the first of six lead changes in the final two minutes.

Burke scored on a tough, driving basket with 1:15 left to put Dallas back up 100-98, but George answered with a 3-pointer with 1:09 left. Brunson hit a 17-foot jumper with 49.1 seconds and the Mavericks went ahead 102-101 before Jerami Grant's layup -- off an inbounds pass from Westbrook -- put Oklahoma City up 103-102 with 32.8 seconds left.

Brunson passed to Powell for the dunk with 21 seconds left and Dallas again took the lead. Dennis Schroder and George each missed a 3-point attempt for the Thunder before Dallas' Ryan Broekhoff made two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to make it 106-103. Westbrook missed a 38-foot shot just before the buzzer.

Steven Adams added 20 points and 15 rebounds and Grant had 14 points for Oklahoma City, while Powell had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.

Doncic missed the game with a right thigh contusion.

An 11-0 spurt over 91 seconds of the second quarter -- which included two 3-pointers from Harris -- gave the Mavericks a 51-37 lead with 5:05 left in the half, but Oklahoma City closed the half on a 19-7 run to pull within 58-56.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle, who played on Virginia's Final Four team in 1984, began his pregame news conference wanting to discuss his alma mater's win over Purdue on Saturday that sent the Cavaliers to the national semifinals for the first time since 1984. ... Nowitzki received a loud ovation when he was introduced as part of the starting lineup. ... Courtney Lee started in place of Doncic. ... Harris received a technical foul with 11:48 left for arguing an out of bounds call.

Thunder: Westbrook, who already has served a one-game suspension for accumulating too many technical fouls, picked up another one in the third quarter, his 17th of the season. Another technical would result in a second one-game suspension. ... Westbrook's triple-double was the 134th of his career. He's four behind Magic Johnson (138) for second place in NBA history in that category.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host Philadelphia on Monday to begin a three-game homestand.

Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Lakers (without LeBron James) on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic Put on a Show for Slovenia]]>507824201Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:11:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/luka-doncic-goran-dragic.jpg

The game had been over for at least half an hour and 2,000 people remained in the stands at AmericanAirlines Arena, all of them standing.

They wore Slovenia jerseys. Miami jerseys. Dallas jerseys.

And when Goran Dragic — the player of the night — emerged from the locker room for his curtain call, the roar was deafening. They jumped and chanted, all these Slovenians who made the trip to Miami to see Dragic vs. Luka Doncic, their favorite native sons, meet as NBA opponents for the first time.

"Unbelievable," Dragic said after escaping the throngs of people and signing dozens of their jerseys, flags, hats and, in one case, a pocketbook. "Every athlete is dreaming about this, to connect with the fans. I really appreciate them."

Dragic and Doncic appreciated them as well, and the fans got the fantastic show that they were hoping to see. Dragic had his second-career triple-double — 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists — and he and Miami topped Doncic and Dallas 105-99 on Thursday night.

"It was a special night," said Doncic, whose mother was among those in the crowd in Miami as well. "It was something special to me. I really appreciate everyone coming in and it was a very special night."

Doncic, the likely frontrunner for rookie of the year, missed 12 of his 18 shots but still finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Dragic outscored him 9-1 in the fourth, when the Heat outscored the Mavericks 30-17 to rally from a seven-point hole entering the final quarter.

"Goran was electrifying," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Despite their age difference — Dragic turns 33 in May, Doncic just turned 20 last month — they have been close for years. They were roommates and the best two players for Slovenia two summers ago when the tiny nation won the EuroBasket title. That championship provided, unquestionably, the best sport moment in Slovenian history.

This Miami-Dallas game was a huge deal for Slovenia as well. Many journalists from Slovenia made the trip, along with all those fans. So for one night, Miami may as well have been Ljubljana.

"The building was electric for those two," Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki said. "They're heroes over there. Both had great games and played great floor games. Dragic had a triple-double and Luka is always close to one. Dragic was fantastic tonight."

This season for Miami has been all about it being the final year of Dwyane Wade's career, and after games Wade has been trading a jersey with an opposing player in a quick on-court ceremony.

He got upstaged Thursday and didn't mind — while he was trading with Dallas' Devin Harris, Dragic and Doncic were exchanging their jerseys as well.

Predictably, the fans loved that, too.

"You can't question their enthusiasm," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "This was wild tonight. It was really wild. Having Dragic and Doncic out there, it was like a feeding frenzy for them, which is great. It speaks to the world-wide stretch of the NBA game. It was pretty cool."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Scores 13 in 105-99 Loss to Heat]]>507814361Thu, 28 Mar 2019 20:32:32 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_DIRK_NOWITZKI_DALLAS_MAVS.jpg

Goran Dragic had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second career triple-double, Dwyane Wade capped the win with a steal and score in the final seconds and the Heat moved back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference by topping the Dallas Mavericks 105-99 on Thursday night.

Dragic outdueled Luka Doncic in the first head-to-head meeting between the only two Slovenians currently in the NBA, and Miami (37-38) moved past Orlando (37-39) for the final playoff spot in the East race.

Doncic scored 19 points for the Mavericks, but missed 12 of his 18 shots. Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points for Dallas, as did Jalen Brunson.

Dion Waiters scored 17 points for the Heat, who improved to just 4-29 in games where they trailed entering the fourth quarter. Dallas led 82-75 going into the final period, but the Heat outscored the Mavericks 30-17 in the last 12 minutes.

Dallas led by 11 points in the first half, and took a 59-49 lead into the locker room after a tip dunk by Dorian Finney-Smith beat the halftime buzzer. But Wade hit a jumper with 1:11 left to put Miami on top for good, Doncic missed a long 3-pointer on the next Dallas trip down the floor and Dragic extended Miami's lead to 100-97 with a nifty up-and-under move on the ensuing Heat possession.

As many as 2,000 Slovenians were expected at the game -- countless Slovenia jerseys were spotted in the stands, as well as plenty of fans wearing scarves bearing the country's name, all for very good reason.

They were there for Dragic vs. Doncic.

And Dragic put on a show.

His only other triple-double came in 2011 -- 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Houston over Minnesota in a season-finale. That was basically meaningless. This one meant plenty to the Heat, fighting to get into the playoffs in Wade's final season, and a loss to the team that they faced in the 2006 and 2011 NBA Finals certainly would have hurt those postseason chances.

Nowitzki had a chance to tie with a 3-pointer -- shooting it over a closeout by Wade -- with 59 seconds left. Nowitzki's shot sailed long, and the Heat could finally exhale when Wade got a steal and laid it in to cap the scoring with seven seconds left.

"He looks like he's got a couple years left," Nowitzki said about Wade. "He can still take games over, he's making good decisions with the ball, he's still athletic enough to get by people. So to me, he looks great."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas dealt with a couple injury scares early -- Nowitzki rolled his ankle pregame but started the game, and Doncic left after 3 minutes following a knee-to-knee collision with Miami's Derrick Jones Jr. Doncic returned later in the first quarter. ... Justin Jackson turned 24 on Thursday. ... Mavs assistant Jenny Boucek was an assistant for WNBA's Miami Sol, under the original Heat coach Ron Rothstein.

Heat: Josh Richarsdson (bruised left heel) was out Thursday, joining Justise Winslow (sore right thigh) and Rodney McGruder (sore left knee) as Heat regulars out with injuries. It's unclear if any will be able to play in New York on Saturday. ... Friday is the 16th anniversary of Wade's triple-double -- 29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists -- in the NCAA tournament for Marquette against Kentucky, the game that sent him to the Final Four.

DIRK IN MIAMI

This was the 27th -- and possibly final -- time Nowitzki appeared in a game at Miami; the Mavs went 13-14 in those games, the most notable win of course being the title-clinching Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals. He says being in Miami brings back memories of both "the most epic collapse" in the 2006 finals, and the 2011 victory. "Little bit of mixed emotions, but usually, the good memories win," Nowitzki said.

HEAT LINEUPS

With Richardson sidelined for only the third time this season, the Heat used their 25th starting lineup. That ties last season's club for the third-most in franchise history behind 31 in 2014-15 and 30 in 2007-08. Entering Thursday only New Orleans (29), Cleveland (28) and Phoenix (26) have used more starting fives. The NBA average is just under 18, and Orlando -- with only eight lineups so far -- has used the fewest in the league.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Heat: At New York on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Fox Scores 23, With Key Bucket, as Kings Top Mavs]]>507706801Tue, 26 Mar 2019 21:22:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/De%27Aaron-Fox-Getty-032619.jpg

De'Aaron Fox scored 23 points, including a crucial basket to help Sacramento stay in front in the final minute, and the Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 125-121 on Tuesday night.

With the Kings leading by two, Fox drove and missed a layup but got his own rebound and tried again. The second attempt went in for a 121-117 lead with 26 seconds remaining as Sacramento finished 3-0 against Mavericks, sweeping the season series for the first time since 1997-98.

Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic tied Magic Johnson with his seventh triple-double in his first season, getting 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. It's the third-most triple-doubles by a rookie. Dwight Powell had 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes scored 18 points in his first appearance in Dallas since the Mavericks traded him to Sacramento while he was playing in a game Feb. 6. Buddy Hield scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer to put the Kings ahead for good with 1:07 remaining.

Marvin Bagley III, taken one pick ahead of Doncic at No. 2 overall in last year's draft, scored 14 points for the Kings. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 16 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic matched Bagley with 14.

Dirk Nowitzki, in a record 21st season with the same franchise, didn't play in the second half for the Mavericks after scoring nine points before halftime. There was no immediate report from the Mavericks on why the 40-year-old didn't return.

Coming off a season-high 21 points in a surprising blowout of Golden State, Nowitzki has four home games remaining in what is expected to be his final season.

Doncic's 3-point slump continued as he missed all nine from beyond the arc. He's shooting 22 percent in March. The 20-year-old was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line, where he has also struggled lately.

TIP-INS
Kings: G Yogi Ferrell, whose flashy debut with the Mavericks on a 10-day contract two years ago earned him longer-term deals with Dallas and Sacramento, had seven points against his former team. ... Fox was 11 of 12 from the line.

Mavericks: Doncic has seven of the eight triple-doubles by rookies this season. Atlanta's Trae Young, the fifth overall pick who was traded for Doncic on draft night, has the other. ... F Justin Jackson, who came to Dallas in the Barnes deal, started against his former team but had just two points.

UP NEXT
Kings: At New Orleans on Thursday.

Mavericks: At Miami on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes Returns to Dallas With the Kings]]>507698212Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:15:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison+Barnes+032619.jpg

Harrison Barnes returns to the American Airlines Center Tuesday night as a member of the Sacramento Kings.

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<![CDATA[Newy: Mavericks Have Brighter Future Than Lakers]]>507645932Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:26:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Mavs+Lakers_2019-03-25-18-44-32.jpg

The Mavericks and Lakers will be watching the NBA postseason from home this year. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells you why he believes Dallas has a brighter future than Los Angeles.]]>
<![CDATA[With Curry Resting, Doncic and Dirk Lift Mavs Over Warriors]]>507577341Sat, 23 Mar 2019 21:47:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Dirk-Nowitzki-032319.jpg

Luka Doncic had a triple-double, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-best 21 points in a rare start and the Dallas Mavericks capitalized on Stephen Curry's absence to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-91 on Saturday night.

Golden State dropped out of the top seed in the Western Conference to a half-game behind Denver. With Curry resting, Kevin Durant had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 19. The Warriors were 4 for 30 from 3-point range, with Durant going 0 for 8 and Klay Thompson missing all four of his tries.

Doncic had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Dallas had dropped 12 straight in Oakland since its previous victory in April 2012.

The Mavs never trailed and built their lead to 43 early in the final quarter. Maxi Kleber had 16 points and Ryan Broekhoff added 17 off the bench for Dallas, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

The 40-year-old Nowitzki scored 10 points in the game's opening four minutes, and the Mavericks jumped out to a 22-7 lead. Nowitzki went 8 for 14 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, in what could be his final visit to Golden State before possibly retiring after the season.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Doncic had his sixth triple-double of a stellar rookie season. ... Mavs hit 65.2 percent of their shots in the first half, while holding the Warriors to 29.6 percent.

Warriors: The four 3-point makes tied a season low. ... Missed seven of their first eight shots and never really recovered, shooting 40 percent for the game. ... Andrew Bogut, who recently re-signed with the Warriors, also skipped the game for rest.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The Mavs just lost 116-100 at Sacramento last Thursday night.

Warriors: Complete a home back-to-back and a three-game homestand Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Kings Bounce Back to Beat Mavs]]>507508411Fri, 22 Mar 2019 05:22:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Marvin Bagley III didn't think it was a big deal when he missed Sacramento's first game against Dallas and Luka Doncic three months ago because of a sore left knee.

Bagley had the same feeling after the two rookie stars finally crossed paths on an NBA court, too.

Bagley III had 22 points and 12 rebounds while outplaying Doncic, and the Kings beat the Mavericks 116-100 on Thursday night.

"It was fun," Bagley said. "Everybody knows what he can do. He's a great player. He's been doing a lot of good things for his team but tonight we just had to lock in together and come out and play hard."

Bagley was taken by Sacramento with the second overall pick in this season's draft. Doncic, who many Kings fans had openly lobbied for, went to Dallas with the third selection.

Clearly each team is happy with what the player it has.

Doncic is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year while Bagley has steadily improved while coming off the bench most of the season. The double-double was Bagley's 14th this season.

"I watch Marvin a lot," Doncic said. "He's a special talent. He has a lot of potential. He's going to make it and go far."

Buddy Hield scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, and De'Aaron Fox added 15 points and nine assists for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

Former Kings forward Justin Jackson scored 19 points in his first start with Dallas. Dwight Powell added 14 points.

Two nights after blowing a 28-point, second-half lead in a 123-121 loss to Brooklyn, Sacramento built another big advantage against Dallas and held on in the fourth behind Bagley.

The Kings rookie made a three-point play on a spinning layup to open the final period. Bagley later dunked off a short miss by Yogi Ferrell then made a pair of 3-pointers to stretch Sacramento's led to 116-97.

"Marvin did a nice job in the post," Kings coach Dave Joerger said. "Our bigs in general, especially in the second half, really did a good job in the pick-and-roll."

Doncic had an uneven game with 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting. He added 10 rebounds.

Dallas has lost 15 of 17.

"Everyone is loading up on (Doncic) and this is nothing new," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "There will be some nights where his jumper is just a little short. It just comes with the territory."

Both teams were sluggish for most of the first half until Barnes dunked to cap a fast break for Sacramento after Fox made a tremendous play to save the ball from going out of bounds. Fox then stole the ball near the Mavs' 3-point line and drove in for another dunk.

The Kings led by 15 midway through the third but the Mavericks ended the period with three consecutive 3-pointers and pulled within 84-76.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation from the Golden1 Center crowd when he checked in to the game in the first quarter. Nowitzki scored three points in 12 minutes.

Kings: Harry Giles bruised his left thigh in the first half and did not return. Giles was scoreless in eight minutes. The injury doesn't appear to be serious. ... Cauley-Stein picked up a technical foul for hanging on the rim after dunking following a 360-degree spin move in the lane.

SLY FOX

Fox matched his career high of four blocks and was one assist shy of a double-double. "I thought De'Aaron set the tone offensively in pushing the basketball," Joerger said. "He was decisive of when he wanted to go and when he wanted to set somebody else up."

CLOSING IN ON A RECORD

Hield made seven 3-pointers and needs three more to break the franchise record of 240 set by Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04. Stojakovic is currently the Kings assistant general manager.

"He's always on me how to get better, how to get my shot off quicker, how to use my pump-fake," Hield said. "A lot of my success comes from him, talking to him and trying to test him and pick his brain."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Play at Golden State on Saturday.

Kings: Host Phoenix on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Blazers Beat Mavericks in Portland]]>507452611Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:47:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers believe they can use games like this one against Dallas to help them prepare for the final push toward the playoffs.

"It's not about who our opponent is, it's about the style of play that we want to play, the discipline we want to have, the things we want to do well, that will translate to when we play against the top teams," Lillard said. "As long as we have that right attitude and we do things the right way, I think we'll keep getting this result when we play against teams we should beat."

Lillard had 33 points and 12 assists to lead Portland past the struggling Mavericks 126-118 on Wednesday night.

Seth Curry scored 20 off the bench for the Blazers, who have won five of six as they try to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Portland (44-27) led by as many as 25, and Lillard hit six of the team's 16 3-pointers.

Luka Doncic had 24 points for the Mavericks, who have lost nine of 10 and are ahead of only Phoenix in the Western Conference.

The Trail Blazers are fourth in the West, a half-game back of Houston and in front of a cluster that includes the Spurs, Thunder, Jazz and Clippers.

Portland rested Lillard in the final period after a 17-point third quarter, which included a stretch when he hit four straight 3-pointers. Enes Kanter added 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his first double-double since joining the Blazers just before the All-Star break.

"I thought it was another very special night by Damian," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "I thought he pretty much controlled the game from our standpoint. He took advantage of his scoring opportunities, had another great night passing, finding people."

Portland was coming off a 106-98 victory at home over Indiana on Monday. That was the team's first game without starting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his left knee last weekend. McCollum will be re-evaluated next week, and no timetable has been set for his return.

The Blazers started Jake Layman for the second straight game in McCollum's place.

Lillard had 10 points and four assists as Portland took a 26-17 lead to close the first quarter. It was the lowest first-quarter point total for the Mavs this season.

The Blazers led by as many as 13 in the first half, but Doncic hit a floater and a pair of free throws to put the Mavericks up 39-38.

The threat didn't last long and Portland pulled in front 58-52 on Jusuf Nurkic's dunk. Maurice Harkless closed out the half with another dunk to give the Blazers a 65-52 lead at the break.

Portland stretched the lead on 79-66 after Lillard's 3-pointer. Another 3 put the Blazers up 87-69, and Dallas never threatened again.

"In the third quarter Lillard just had a stretch like great players can have. He hit four 3s in a row and we were just unable to answer," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Then the crowd got into it and it just got away."

The Mavs (28-43) have lost eight straight on the road.

Dirk Nowitzki, possibly playing his final season, was given a standing ovation in the final quarter when he got up and waved to the Moda Center crowd, which was chanting "We want Dirk." Nowitzki did not play in the final period and finished with three points.

"I just always remember this being a basketball town. The fans, the way they get behind their team here and get loud when their team makes big runs," Nowitzki said. "It's a tough place and they've always had really great teams year after year."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Stotts said he expects Doncic to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Carlisle, told of the prediction, joked: "Boy, he's really putting himself out there."

Trail Blazers: It was Lillard's third double-double in his last five games. ... The teams split their four-game season series.

HONORING DIRK

Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the NBA's career scoring list in the Mavericks' 129-125 overtime loss to New Orleans on Monday. Stotts was an assistant with the Mavs from 2008-12.

"It's hard to put into words, especially to people of my generation. Wilt was untouchable. And for someone to be in that context, it's hard to fathom," Stotts said. "I think the way he's done it, being the type of player that he is, he's certainly not the type of player he just passed or the players in front of him. He did it his way, his own style, that I don't think anyone could have foreseen 20 years ago."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

Trail Blazers: Host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Passes Wilt But Pelicans Top Mavs in OT]]>507336101Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:54:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Nowitzki-Passes-Wilt-Getty-031819.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list, but Elfrid Payton had his fifth straight triple-double to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-125 in overtime Monday night.

Payton finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Dallas rookie Luka Doncic had a triple-double of his own with 29 points, 13 boards and 10 assists.

Julius Randle scored 11 of his 30 points in the final 3:29 of regulation, helping the Pelicans rally to force overtime. Doncic made the second of two free throws with 1.9 seconds left to tie the score at 110, and Randle missed a turnaround at the buzzer.

Payton and Frank Jackson each had six points in OT for the Pelicans, who ended a six-game losing streak.

Nowitzki moved past Chamberlain (31,419 points) on one of his signature long-range jumpers with 8:35 remaining in the first quarter. The 40-year-old German took a feed from Doncic and backed down Kenrich Williams before turning and launching from the top of the key.

Entering the game needing four points to pass Chamberlain, Nowitzki started for the ninth time this season. He made his first two shots to end the suspense with a sellout crowd on its feet. His first basket was a 20-footer off an assist from rookie Jalen Brunson.

Nowitzki finished with eight points, giving him 31,424 in his 21 seasons -- trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

The two jumpers were a fitting way for Nowitzki to pass Chamberlain, whose listed height of 7-foot-1 is only an inch taller than Nowitzki. But the two reached their point totals with contrasting styles of play.

Chamberlain once averaged more than 50 points in a season, dominating inside to such a degree that the NBA widened the paint in an effort to neutralize him.

Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made nearly 2,000 3-pointers in his career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He's an 88 percent free throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain's mark.

Also serendipitous was Nowitzki reaching the milestone at home -- he is the only NBA player to spend 21 seasons with one team. The club launched a new marketing campaign Monday called 41.21.1, commemorating his uniform number and his tenure with the team. It is anticipated that this will be his final season, though Nowitzki has only said publicly he will decide at the end of the year.

TIP-INS
Pelicans: Anthony Davis had 20 points in 21 minutes. Jackson scored 19.

Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points. Salah Mejri scored a season-high nine. ... Doncic has scored 20 or more points in 38 games, second among Mavs rookies to Jay Vincent's 53 in 1981-82.

UP NEXT
Pelicans: Visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Report: NYPD Investigating Alleged Rape Involving Porzingis]]>507897091Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:40:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps-Porzingis-033019.jpg

An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledged Saturday that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but says the Dallas Mavericks forward "unequivocally" denies the allegation.

Lawyer Roland Riopelle said the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI.

Citing unidentified law enforcement officials, the New York Post and other news organizations reported earlier that a woman went to police Thursday and said Porzingis raped her in his Manhattan apartment last year while he was playing for the Knicks.

NYPD officials declined to comment.

While playing for the Knicks last year, Porzingis suffered a major knee injury during a game at Madison Square Garden against the Milwaukee Bucks that the Knicks lost. He then went home and invited the woman to his luxury Manhattan apartment where she alleges she was sexually assaulted, the Post said the woman told police.

"We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20th, 2018, based on the accuser's extortionate demands," Riopelle said in a statement.

The attorney says the NBA was also notified.

Porzingis, a 23-year-old native of Latvia, was traded to the Mavericks in January. But he's not expected to play with the team until next season while he recovers from the injury.

The Dallas Mavericks told NBC 5 they have no comment on the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Newy: Dallas-Fort Worth Is Lucky to Have Dirk Nowitzki]]>507326852Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:27:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+DIRK+PASSING+WILT_2019-03-18-18-34-56.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki passed the great Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Monday evening. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs recalls his first encounter with Chamberlain and explains why Dallas-Fort Worth sports fans are so lucky to have Nowitzki.]]>
<![CDATA[Nowitzki Passes Chamberlain for 6th on All-Time Scoring List]]>507259011Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:54:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Nowitzki-cropped-030519.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks became the NBA's sixth-leading scorer Monday night with another of his signature long-range jumpers.

Nowitzki took Luka Doncic's handoff and backed down New Orleans' Kenrich Williams before hitting a turnaround from the top of the free-throw circle with 8:35 left in the first quarter.

The basket brought Nowitzki to 31,420 points in his career, one more than Wilt Chamberlain. The 40-year-old German trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan. James passed Jordan for fourth place on March 6.

Coming into the game, Nowitzki needed just four points to pass Chamberlain, and he started for just the ninth time this season. His first basket was a 20-footer off an assist from rookie Jalen Brunson.

While Nowitzki stands only an inch shorter than Chamberlain's listed height of 7-foot-1, the two reached their point totals with contrasting styles of play.

Chamberlain once averaged more than 50 points in a season, dominating inside to such a degree that the NBA widened the paint in an effort to neutralize him.

Nowitzki, meanwhile, has made nearly 2,000 3-pointers in his career, establishing the trend of big men with long-range shooting capabilities. He's an 88-percent free-throw shooter, 37 points higher than Chamberlain's mark.

"One of his real legacies is gonna be how he helped this game evolve to what it is today," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "In the '90s and early 2000s, there was a real crisis. Scoring was down. The way Dirk approached the game helped ... nudge the game along and open up space. Eventually the value of the 3-point shot to open up space became a reality. And so today, you don't hear anybody talking about how there's not enough scoring or the game's not exciting."

Nowitzki is 872 points behind Jordan but may retire at the end of the season, though he has said he will decide on his future when the season is over. He is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with one team.

Nowitzki missed the first 26 games of the season recovering from left ankle surgery and has been reduced to a role player for much of the year, but he has started the past four games and nine out of the last 12 for the Mavs. His season high entering Monday was 15 points.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Top Cavaliers as Dirk Closes on Wilt]]>507260151Sat, 16 Mar 2019 21:20:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Nowitzki-Getty-031619.jpg

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki closed within three points of Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA scoring list and the Dallas Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak with a 121-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Nowitzki got hot early in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points to bring him to the cusp of Chamberlain for sixth place on the career scoring list. He has another home game on Monday before the team leaves on a three-game road trip.

The Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 14 games.

Nowitzki entered the fourth with just four points, but hit a turnaround jumper, a 3-pointer, two free throws and then another from long range with 7:15 left in the game.

With the crowd buzzing on every Mavericks possession in the final minutes, Nowitzki missed his next two shots and then came out with 5:12 remaining. He came back two minutes later and missed three more times before coming out for good to a standing ovation in the final seconds.

With leading scorer Luka Doncic out with a right knee contusion, Hardaway led a balanced Dallas attack with seven Mavs scoring in double figures. Maxi Kleber had 18, and Jalen Brunson and Dwight Powell 16 apiece.

Collin Sexton scored 28 for the Cavaliers, the rookie's fifth straight game above 20. Kevin Love and Cedi Osman each had 22 for Cleveland, which has lost three in a row.

Trey Burke hit a 3-pointer and a driving layup as part of a 7-0 run early in the second quarter to give Dallas a 43-30 lead. Burke's college teammate Hardaway hit a turnaround jumper and Dorian Finney-Smith dunked to extend the Mavericks' lead to 55-35. Dallas hadn't led by that many points in a game since Jan. 30.

The Cavaliers closed the half on an 18-6 run to cut it to 66-57.

TIP-INS
Cavaliers: Though both attended shootaround Saturday, Larry Nance (rib contusion) and Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) remained out for Cleveland. ... With Phoenix winning Saturday at New Orleans, Cleveland's six road wins are the fewest in the NBA.

Mavericks: Brunson and Powell's numbers have spiked since the All-Star break, with Powell averaging 17 points (nine prior to the break) and Brunson averaging 16 (seven). Brunson is also shooting 92 percent from the free throw line compared to 67 percent before the break. ... Finney-Smith scored 14 to reach 1,000 points for his career.

UP NEXT
Cavaliers: Host Detroit on Monday, starting a three-game homestand.

Mavericks: Host New Orleans on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Jokic Hits Buzzer-Beater to Lift Nuggets Over Mavs]]>507191271Fri, 15 Mar 2019 05:39:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1130611597-Jovic-Basket.jpg

Luka Doncic's emphatic dunk capped a great night for the Dallas Mavericks rookie. Nikola Jokic topped him and saved the game for the Denver Nuggets, earning him some support in the MVP race.

Jokic hit a falling, one-handed shot as time expired to lift the Nuggets over the weary Mavericks 100-99 on Thursday.

The big man rescued Denver after the Nuggets trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter. Jokic finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, hitting all four of his field goals in the fourth -- including the game-winner.

"That's what we need him to do. He's been doing it for us all year," teammate Paul Millsap said. "He's got my vote for MVP, for sure."

Doncic led Dallas with 24 points. He had a go-ahead dunk with 5.8 seconds left and was fouled, but missed a free throw that would have put the Mavericks up by two.

"I should have made that free throw," Doncic said. "I feel like I let my team down."

Denver called a timeout and drew up a play for Jokic. He drove to the right of Dwight Powell, stopped and thought about a fadeaway, but the shot wasn't there.

"I felt like he was going to block it, so I just go to the right hand and throw it somehow. And the ball went in," Jokic said. "Powell played really good defense. He was right there but I made a lucky shot."

It spoiled a gutty effort by the Mavericks. The team was scheduled to leave Dallas on Wednesday afternoon, but Denver International Airport canceled flights in and out due to poor weather, forcing the Mavericks to fly in on Thursday morning. The team left Dallas at 8 a.m., arrived in Denver at 9 a.m. and nearly pulled off the upset before Jokic's clutch shot.

"Luka made a great play to get the lead, and they hit as difficult a shot as you're going to hit to win a game with no time left," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

Millsap finished with a season-high 33 points for the Nuggets (45-22), who strengthened their hold on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference after holding Dallas to 10 points in the fourth quarter. They lead the surging Houston Rockets by 3 1/2 games with 15 to go.

Jalen Brunson had 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 for the well-traveled Mavericks.

Dallas looked like the team with more energy, building an eight-point lead in the first half and ending the second quarter on a 13-2 run to take a six-point lead at the break.

Denver came out strong in the third quarter, but the Mavericks responded with eight straight points and led by as many as 12.

The Nuggets used a 12-2 run in the fourth to get to 93-91. Jokic, who was 0 for 4 from the floor in the first three quarters, hit a layup to get Denver within a basket. Millsap tied the game at 95, and a free throw by Jokic with 1:06 left gave the Nuggets a 98-97 lead.

Brunson missed a baseline jumper, but a Denver turnover with 20.3 seconds left gave Dallas the ball and set up the final sequence.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: F Kristaps Porzingis was with the team a day after taking part in his first 5-on-5 practice. Porzingis, acquired from New York on Jan. 31, has not played since tearing his ACL last season.

Nuggets: Torrey Craig was out with a left shoulder sprain sustained Tuesday night. Craig was hurt in the last 20 seconds of mop-up time. ... F Trey Lyles was active after missing nine games with a left hamstring strain.

STRANGE DAYS

Carlisle has spent more than three decades in the NBA as a coach or player, but the Mavericks' flight being pushed back to Thursday morning because of the blizzard was a new one for him.

"In the modern era of private planes or charters, I've never been with a team that this has happened," he said.

"It was a different kind of day, for sure. It's a very unusual situation. Some people got some photos from the air of rows of cars slid out all over the place. It must have been a crazy day (Wednesday)."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Nuggets: Wrap up their three-game homestand against Indiana on Saturday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[DeRozan, Aldridge Lead Spurs Past Mavericks]]>507075371Tue, 12 Mar 2019 22:36:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DeMar-DeRozan-Getty-031219.jpg

As a long-range jumper spun off the rim and out, Luka Doncic hopped and stomped the floor in frustration.

It was that kind of night for the rookie and his Dallas Mavericks.

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 28 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Mavericks 112-105 on Tuesday night.

DeRozan and Aldridge had identical 11-for-19 shooting lines from the field and combined to go 17 of 17 from the foul line. The Spurs led from the middle of the first quarter on in winning their sixth in a row.

"It's a challenge to understand and figure out how to pull these games out because they're just as important as any other game," DeRozan said. "Going into playoffs, you've got to have that type of mentality of being resilient."

Dallas lost its sixth straight and 11th in 12 games.

Doncic started for Dallas despite a strained knee but went through one of his worst games of his rookie season. Doncic didn't score until the final minute of the first half and ended up with 12 points and a career-high nine turnovers.

He finished 5 for 18 from the field and 1 for 9 from the line. Things hit rock bottom for Doncic in the third quarter, when he was fouled on a 3-point shot and didn't make any of the free throws. He also missed 3 of 4 from the line down the stretch when Dallas was mounting a comeback.

"He's an emotional player, but he just turned 20," said teammate Dirk Nowitzki, who like Doncic started his NBA career as a teenager. "He'll be fine. I'm not worried about him. He's had a heck of a rookie season so far and he's going to keep attacking for us."

Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 34 points for the Mavericks and Dwight Powell added 20.

Doncic hit a running bank shot to bring Dallas within 97-94 with 3:29 to play, but Davis Bertans made a 3 from the corner to restore a six-point lead.

DeRozan and White hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers to put San Antonio up 106-99 in the final minute and the Spurs sealed it with free throws. San Antonio made all 18 attempts from the line.

PRAISING DIRK
Nowitzki started his sixth game of the season and scored eight points, all in the first quarter. He needs 27 more to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list.

"Dirk is a spectacular example of a competitor on the court and a great human being all at the same time," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He competed with a ferocity. He loved winning, he hated losing, but he was classy in the sense that he knew how to do both."

Nowitzki has played more regular-season games (77) against the Spurs than any other opponent, and another 33 in the playoffs. San Antonio hosts the Mavericks in the regular-season finale on April 10, which could be Nowitzki's last game.

WHITE EMERGES
Second-year guard Derrick White scored 23 points and had seven assists for the Spurs, who have leaned heavily on White at point guard since Dejounte Murray went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason.

"The intangibles, the things that you can't really teach for a point guard to understand," Aldridge said. "How to read the pick-and-roll, how to read the guy coming off. You can try to teach guys that, but some guys just get it."

TIP-INS
Spurs: Popovich said Rudy Gay would return on Friday after missing the last two games with the flu. ... Murray was with the team even though he is out for the season. "He's going to be very important to us next year," Popovich said. `'On these single-game trips, we just wanted him to start being with the group."

Mavericks: Brunson shot 12 for 16 from the field and 7 for 7 from the line. He has scored in double figures in his last five games. His career high in three years at Villanova was 31. ... Dallas made 15 of 26 free throws, though Brunson and Powell combined to go 14 for 14.

UP NEXT
Spurs: Host the Knicks on Friday.

Mavericks: Visit Denver on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Ticket to Dirk's Final Mavs Home Game Could Cost Big Bucks]]>506992211Mon, 11 Mar 2019 13:26:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1130201167_opt.jpg

Coaches, players and fans across the NBA are saluting Dirk Nowitzki with testimonials, videoboard messages and heartfelt ovations and, here in North Texas, another expression of appreciation.

$$$$!

Saturday began the one-month countdown to the Mavericks' home finale and, possibly, 40-year-old Nowitzki's last American Airlines Center appearance as a player.

Many Mavericks fans, though, obviously don't want to risk missing Nowitzki's potential final bow at home. Secondary market ticket prices for that Tuesday, April 9 game are at record levels for a Mavericks regular-season game, ranging, as of Saturday, from $145 for an upper-deck seat to $7,875 for a VIP courtside seat.

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<![CDATA[Gordon, Paul Help Rockets Top Mavericks]]>506966521Sun, 10 Mar 2019 22:14:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eric-Gordon-Getty-031019.jpg

This time, James Harden was reduced to a supporting role for the Houston Rockets.

Eric Gordon and Chris Paul led the way.

Gordon scored 26 points and Paul blocked Jalen Brunson's jumper in the final seconds, sending the streaking Rockets to a 94-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Harden was saddled by foul trouble and finished with 20 points in Houston's eighth straight win, 16 below his season average. The reigning NBA MVP led the Rockets in scoring in his previous 43 games for the league's longest such streak since Michael Jordan's 66-game run ended in 1988, according to STATS.

"We've had a lot of games where it was ugly and we lost earlier in the season," Harden said. "But we'll take the ugly win."

In a matchup of teams going in opposite directions in the Western Conference, Dallas pushed its in-state rival to the end. After Harden missed a runner with 8.9 seconds to play, the Mavericks had a chance to win.

Coach Rick Carlisle opted to let it play out and rookie Luka Doncic rushed the ball up court. As three Rockets converged on him, Doncic found Brunson on the right wing, but Paul recovered to make a clean block on Brunson's running 14-footer at the buzzer.

"I read (Doncic) and knew he was going to throw it to Jalen," Paul said. "Jalen didn't have enough time to do anything else but shoot it. If he pump-faked it, I'm in trouble. But then, he might not have had enough time to get the shot off."

Brunson said he liked Carlisle's decision to not use a timeout.

"It just shows that Coach trusts us, and obviously we want the ball in Luka's hands," Brunson said. "He made an unselfish play. I just have to knock it down."

Gordon snapped a tie with a layup with 3:42 left, and P.J. Tucker's 3-pointer put Houston up by five with 1:29 remaining. Dwight Powell's dunk cut the lead to one with 31 seconds left.

Doncic had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Dallas, and Brunson finished with 18 points. The Mavericks lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

HARD ROAD FOR HARDEN
Harden picked up his fifth personal 20 seconds into the second half when Doncic took a charge. He re-entered with 3:03 left in the third and converted a three-point play and then a 3-pointer to put the Rockets up 79-70.

Harden had scored 30 or more points in 47 of his 61 games this season, including 37 of the last 38 entering Sunday.

"I can't be aggressive on both ends of the floor," Harden said of his foul trouble. "In the back of my mind, I'm conscious and keep thinking about it. But that's what you got a team for."

DONCIC DINGED
Doncic limped off the court for a timeout with 4:17 to play, but he stayed in the game. Carlisle said he either banged his knee or landed on it awkwardly.

"The hope is that it's not serious," Carlisle said. "We will know more tomorrow."

Doncic wasn't available after the game.

WATCHING DIRK
Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki scored six points. He needs 35 more to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Nowitzki did not play in the second half, something Carlisle called "a coach's decision because the matchups were very difficult."

TIP-INS
Rockets: Clint Capela had 17 points and 12 rebounds. ... Coach Mike D'Antoni said Kenneth Faried would return to the lineup Monday after missing five games with a left hip contusion, and Nene would rest on the second half of the back-to-back.

Mavericks: Maxi Kleber returned after missing the last two games with left knee trouble. He had 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. He also was a primary defender on Harden, frustrating the guard into a 7-for-25 shooting performance.

UP NEXT
Rockets: Start a four-game homestand Monday against Charlotte.

Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Matches Season High With 15, Mavs Lose to Magic]]>506911031Fri, 08 Mar 2019 20:55:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-1126312055.jpg

Terrence Ross scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic topped the Dallas Mavericks 111-106 on Friday night.

Aaron Gordon added 18 points for Orlando, which won for the 11th time in 16 games.

Luka Doncic had 24 points and eight rebounds for Dallas, which has lost four straight and nine of 10. Jalen Brunson added 18 points and nine assists.

Dirk Nowitzki scored nine points in the fourth quarter and finished with 15, matching his season high in his 21st and final NBA season.

The Magic took a 19-point into the fourth quarter before Nowitzki and Doncic led a late charge that got the Mavericks back in the game in the final two minutes.

Ross made four 3-pointers in the first half and the Magic shot 8 of 15 overall from beyond the arc, taking an 18-point lead on a three-point play by Gordon in the final seconds of the half.

Doncic had three baskets during the Mavericks' 16-7 run to start the second half, reducing Orlando's lead to six. But Jonathan Isaac, Vucevic and Ross answered with 3-pointers in a span of 52 seconds and the Magic's lead was back up to 19 by the end of the third quarter.

The Mavericks beat the Magic by 25 points on Dec. 10.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki got a standing ovation when he entered the game with 2:09 left in the first quarter. It was the 1,505th regular-season game of his career. ... Dallas has given up 101 or more points in 12 straight games.

Magic: An MRI revealed that G Isaiah Briscoe has a torn right meniscus. Briscoe will see a doctor before deciding whether to have surgery. "I'll have to evaluate the long-term possibilities," he said. ... Friday night's game was the first of seven straight against losing teams. ... The crowd of 19,196 was the ninth-largest in franchise history.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Houston on Sunday night.

Magic: At Memphis on Sunday night.



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<![CDATA[Beal's 30 Points Lead Wizards Past Mavs 132-123]]>506801751Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:50:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bradley_beal.jpg

Bradley Beal made sure to grab his phone in the locker room and get a good look at video of his dunk over 7-foot-2 Salah Mejri, which was embellished by a staredown afterward.

"This one might take the crown, because there was a lot of body-to-body contact," the 6-foot-5 Beal said with a smile. "Proud of myself, because you know I don't dunk."

That play was the most memorable part of a 30-point, eight-assist, seven-rebound performance by the two-time All-Star that led the Washington Wizards past the Dallas Mavericks 132-123 on Wednesday night.

"I had to look at it," Beal said of the replay. "I haven't jumped like that, probably, since high school."

Washington was down 11 in the opening period at 32-21, its second-largest deficit of the evening, when Beal drove the lane and threw down his slam against Mejri. That seemed to wake the hosts, who finally beat Dallas at home after losing nine in a row in Washington against the Mavericks.

Trevor Ariza scored 22 and Jabari Parker 20 for the Wizards, who entered the game 11th in the Eastern Conference and three games out of a playoff berth.

They led 69-65 at halftime, but that edge was merely 116-115 deep into the fourth quarter when Jeff Green made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give the Wizards a more comfortable margin.

"I was ready," Green said, "to shoot."

Despite winning two consecutive games and three of its past four, Washington is still only 27-37, the same record as Dallas.

"Our goal is to make the playoffs. Until the fat lady sings at the end of the year," Beal said, "we've got to keep pushing forward."

Rookie Luka Doncic was spectacular at times for the Mavs, using a mix of step-back 3s, spin moves and all sorts of other elements en route to 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

"It was impossible to get him off the floor tonight, because he was playing so well. He struck a terrific balance between drives, the outside shot and involving teammates," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "And he was our leader out there. I love the way he played."

Dwight Powell made 11 of 12 shots and scored a career-high 26 points, while contributing 10 rebounds.

But the real star attraction for Dallas, as far as the crowd was concerned, was Dirk Nowitzki, who is expected to retire after his 20th NBA season, all with the Mavericks. He made two free throws for his only points, shot 0 for 3 from the floor and grabbed two rebounds in 12 minutes of action.

Still, he drew louder cheers than most members of the Wizards, even some chants of "MVP!" or "We want Dirk!" -- and laments of "Awwwwww" when one 3-point try rimmed out. When Nowitzki entered for the first time with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the opening quarter, a video tribute was shown overhead and the announcer referred to him as "one of the greatest power forwards of all-time."

"It's very humbling. I'm very appreciative of the reception I've been getting on the road," Nowitzki said. "But somehow, we've got to find a way to get a win."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Lost 8 of last 9 games. ... Had zero turnovers in the first quarter and closed the game with only seven.

Wizards: Beal scored at least 20 points for the 18th game in a row. ... Outrebounded the Mavs 49-39 to improve to 14-2 when holding an advantage in that category.

ADIEU, DIRK?

Carlisle on the 40-year-old Nowitzki's supposedly impending retirement: "We don't know what his decision is going to be. There are a lot of assumptions being made. But the way I look at it is that we should all relish whatever time we have left to see him on the floor."

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Close their three-game trip at the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Wizards: At Charlotte on Friday night; the Hornets are one of the teams lingering ahead of Washington for a playoff berth.



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<![CDATA[Candy's Dirt Tours Preston Hollow Home of Former Mavs Player]]>506770682Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:52:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/preston+hollow+hosue.JPG

Candy from "Candy's Dirt" is here to show us some impressive local real estate. Former Dallas Mavericks player Wesley Matthews just listed his Preston Hollow home. Check it out. She's even here to show us the most expensive ZIP code.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Mark Cuban Still Weighing Run for President]]>506699331Tue, 05 Mar 2019 06:27:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-getty-030519.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he'll run for president in 2020 "if circumstances were right," according to a report.

The billionaire investor and entrepreneur on Monday told The New York Daily News he hasn't made a firm decision and will "see what happens."

"It all comes down to how things play out," Cuban told the Daily News before the Mavericks' game with the Brooklyn Nets. "It's not something I feel like I have to do."

Cuban said he would run as an independent.

Cuban said in 2017 interviews that he was "actively considering" running for president, but made it clear he wasn't ready to commit to a campaign.

Cuban had told NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs, on his NBC Sports Radio show, that he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and that the Mavs wouldn't stay at Trump hotels while traveling.



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<![CDATA[Nets Crush Mavericks to End Three-Game Skid]]>506688491Mon, 04 Mar 2019 21:39:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Demarre-Carroll-Getty-030419.jpg

DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Rodions Kurucs had 19 and the Brooklyn Nets easily snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

Caris LeVert added 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 16 on a night the Nets shook up their starting lineup but were fueled by their reserves. The 39-point margin was their most lopsided victory at home -- and matched their biggest victory overall -- since moving to Brooklyn in 2012.

The Nets were routed by teams below them in the standings in their last three games but led nearly the entire way, with the lead ballooning to 44 points. Brooklyn moved back into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Dwight Powell scored 20 points and Luka Doncic had 16 for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Dallas did finally get Dirk Nowitzki a couple late baskets after he missed his first nine shots in what could have been his last game in Brooklyn.

With Treveon Graham out with back soreness, Kurucs started at power forward, and coach Kenny Atkinson also inserted Allen Crabbe for LeVert at shooting guard. LeVert had started the previous seven games after coming off the bench in his first two after a returning from a 42-game absence with a dislocated right foot.

Atkinson said before the game that Brooklyn's problem in its recent losses to Washington, Charlotte and Miami was poor shooting affecting their effort on defense.

Neither side of the floor was a problem in this one, as the Nets were shooting above 60 percent into the fourth quarter before finishing at 56.5 percent. They limited Dallas to 35.6 percent.

The Nets led 31-21 after one and quickly pushed the lead to 18 led by Carroll and Dinwiddie. They maintained that 18-point cushion at halftime -- after Doncic threw in a halfcourt shot for the final basket -- for their biggest halftime advantage of the season.

They extended it to 26 after three, also their biggest margin of the season, and all that was left from there was cheering for Nowitzki to get on the board. Fans screamed his name as soon as the Mavs started bringing the ball up the floor, and booed the Mavericks players who took shots rather than pass to Nowitzki, who still hasn't said if he will retire.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Dallas opened a three-game road trip. It has won five straight and 16 of the last 17 matchups with Washington, its next opponent. ... Nowitzki finished 2 for 13.

Nets: Kurucs and Carroll both made five 3-pointers. ... D'Angelo Russell had 13 points and 11 assists. ... Atkinson didn't commit to Graham returning to the starting lineup, saying the forward to remain in the rotation but wanting to see how things looked Monday.

ON THE ROAD
Kristaps Porzingis has been traveling with the Mavericks, even though he won't play this season while recovering from his torn left ACL. Coach Rick Carlisle said it's doubtful Porzingis takes part in full practices this season, but that he's been doing a lot of things behind the scenes and vocal in huddles during the games. The 7-foot-3 forward hadn't been traveling with the Knicks before they dealt him to the Mavs.

"The No. 1 thing right now is his health, getting him back 100 percent, which will happen," Carlisle said. "But in the meantime he's picked up his workouts, he's doing more aggressive 1-on-1, controlled banging-type stuff with some of our assistants and making great progress."

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Visit Washington on Wednesday.

Nets: Host Cleveland on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Meet the Guy Who Saved Doncic & Vodka Drink From Spills]]>506651701Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:31:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/luka-in-stands-vodka-drink.jpg

Stephanie Lafitte sometimes uses her boss' second-row American Airlines Center tickets for Mavericks games, so she's well-aware that a ball or player might hurtle toward her at any moment.

That knowledge, however, did not prepare her or her boyfriend, Ben McElroy for what happened with 1:01 left in the second quarter of the Mavericks' Saturday night loss to Memphis.

One moment, Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic was barreling toward them. The next, McElroy was being hailed on Twitter as the "pink shirt guy" who risked life and limb to safe Doncic.

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<![CDATA[14 Years Into NBA Career, Former Skyline Star Going Strong]]>506640581Sun, 03 Mar 2019 23:37:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CJ-Miles-030319.jpg

When the Memphis Grizzlies visited the Mavericks on Saturday night, it was a homecoming for CJ Miles. The Dallas native, who played for J.D. Mayo at Skyline High School, is in his 14th season in professional basketball.

The former Raider hoops standout went directly from high school to the NBA in 2005. The Utah Jazz selected him early in the second round -- this was before the NBA had an age limit. But just because Miles was able to enter the league at 18 years old, he said he faced other challenges.

"What to do with all the time," Miles said. "You know you can't spend every second in the gym, and you get kind of lonely, your parents coming back and forth, I got a couple friends here and there, but I mean the biggest thing was figuring out how to be a grown up that fast."

Life in the NBA hasn't always been a slam dunk for Miles. After he spent his first seven seasons in Utah, he's now with his fifth NBA team. His current head coach marvels at the "miles" put on those sneakers.

"We were laughing about it," Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "This is his 14th year and he's only 31 years old. That's unbelievable when you think about it."

So what's the secret to Miles' longevity in the NBA?

"No secrets," Miles said. "Just every summer trying to stay in shape, do the best things I can to take care of my body and working hard during the season, being willing to do whatever it takes to help my team."

But Miles pointed out that the route he took to the NBA isn't for everyone.

"A lot of kids now physically can be ready, but the mental side is the bigger side of it," Miles said. "I think you can be physically gifted as anybody in this league, but mentally if you can't put yourself together, there's two games -- on the floor and off the floor. You can't take care of the off the floor stuff, it's going to hurt everything on the floor and you'll eventually fizzle out."

Miles has certainly handled both on and off the court challenges well. His head coach said Miles' personality, character, and willingness to work have been crucial.

"He found his niche early in his career and he was able to count on that and bank on that," Bickerstaff said.

Miles scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the Grizzlies' 111-81 win over the Mavericks.



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<![CDATA[Valanciunas, Noah Dominate, Grizzlies Beat Mavericks]]>506617171Sat, 02 Mar 2019 22:54:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jonas-Valanciunas-Getty-030219.jpg

Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah scored 12 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 111-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Memphis had its largest margin of victory this season in winning for the second time in seven games. Dallas suffered its most lopsided loss of the season. The Mavericks have won one of their last seven games.

Avery Bradley and rookie Jevon Carter each scored 15 points for the Grizzlies. Mike Conley and C.J. Miles each contributed 12 points.

Valanciunas has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in three of his six games with Memphis, since being traded from Toronto.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 22 points. Dwight Powell had 13 and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 10. The Mavericks shot a season-low 31 percent (26 for 85) from the field.

The Grizzlies used a 9-0 run to take a 33-21 lead after the first quarter. The Mavericks didn't shoot or rebound well in the first 12 minutes. They were 7 for 21 (33 percent) from the field, including 1 for 8 on 3-pointers. They were also outrebounded 14-8.

Dallas pulled within six points at 41-35 midway through the second quarter, but the Grizzlies increased their lead to as many as 16 points and led 62-49 at halftime.

Conley scored 10 points, including all five of his free throws, in the quarter. Doncic scored 10 points and Dwight Powell had nine in the second quarter.

Dallas scored the first six points of the second half on 3-pointers by Dirk Nowitzki and Doncic, but it was mostly downhill from there.

TIP-INS
Grizzlies: They led by as many as 36 points. The previous largest margin of victory was 21 points, 117-96, against Phoenix on Oct. 27. . F Justin Holiday slipped to the floor and injured his right knee in the first quarter. The Grizzlies said he could have returned to the game, but didn't. . Only Kobe Bryant has scored more career points against Memphis than Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki's 1,467. Bryant had 1,636.

Mavericks: Dallas previous most lopsided loss this season was 26 points, at New Orleans on Dec. 5. . Doncic missed all five 3-point attempts in the first half. When he canned his first 3-pointer 54 seconds into the second half, he raised his arms triumphantly. His missed his final two attempts. . Dallas has made five or more 3-pointers in 244 straight games. . Hardaway was in the starting lineup after missing Friday's practice because of an illness.

UP NEXT
Grizzlies: At Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Mavericks: Begin a three-game trip at Brooklyn on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Phenom Luka Dončić Again Named Rookie of the Month]]>506566011Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:24:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/luka-doncic-generic.jpg

Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Dončić is once again the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month.

The guard/forward was given the honor for games played in February. He also won the award in November, December and January -- so in each of the first four months of the season.

Dončić is the first Dallas Mavericks player to receive the honor four or more times in a season. In 1981-82, Mavs rookie Jay Vincent won three awards.

As amazing an accomplishment as four straight is, Dončić isn't the first to reach this mark. In 2015-16, Karl-Anthony Towns won six straight Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards for the Minnesota Timberwolves; in 2013-2014, Damian Lillard won six straight for the Portland Trailblazers. Blake Griffin did the same for the Pistons in 2010-11.

Below is more on Dončić from the Mavericks.

Dončić (6-7, 218), who turned 20 years old on Feb. 28, averaged team highs of 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game in eight games (all starts) in February. He scored 18-plus points in all eight games, including 20-plus points six times and 35 points once. He also recorded six double-doubles and two triple-doubles during the month.

The former EuroLeague MVP began the month with a 35-point, 11-rebound, six-assist performance in Dallas' 111-98 win at Cleveland on Feb. 2. He became the first teenager in NBA history to record multiple 35-point, 10-rebound, five-assist games (35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Toronto on Jan. 27). Dončić also surpassed 1,000 career points against the Cavaliers on Feb. 2 (in career game No. 50).

The 6-7 Slovenian finished the month with a 26-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist effort in Dallas' 110-101 victory over Indiana on Feb. 27 (the last day before his 20th birthday).

Dončić has increased his scoring average in each of the first four months of the season (18.5 ppg in October/November, 21.1 ppg in December, 22.4 ppg in January, 24.4 ppg in February). He became the first player to win the NBA Rookie of the Month Award in each of the first four months of the season since Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015-16 (Towns won it all six times that year).

The rookie guard/forward is averaging a team-high 20.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, a team-high 5.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 32.2 minutes per game this season. He is one of only six NBA players averaging at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game in 2018-19. Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokić are the others - all of whom were named All-Stars this year.

Among all rookies in 2018-19, Dončić ranks first in scoring (20.9 ppg), second in rebounding (7.3 rpg), second in assists (5.7 apg), fifth in steals (1.0 spg) and first in minutes (32.2 mpg). He would become just the second rookie in league history to average at least 20-7-5 for a season, joining Oscar Robertson.

Dončić was originally selected by Atlanta with the third overall pick in this past year's draft, before having his draft rights traded to Dallas in exchange for the draft rights to the fifth overall pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first-round pick. Young won his third Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Award in February (he also garnered the award for November and January).

DALLAS MAVERICKS ROOKIE OF THE MONTH AWARD WINNERS
Luka Dončić - November 2018, December 2018, January 2019, February 2019
Yogi Ferrell - February 2017
Devin Harris - November 2004
Jason Kidd - March 1995
Jay Vincent - December 1981, February 1982, March 1982
Mark Aguirre - November 1981



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<![CDATA[Mavericks' Doncic Turning 20 After Sensational Run as Teen]]>506493081Thu, 28 Feb 2019 10:14:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/luka-doncic-generic.jpg

At some point, Luka Doncic will be measured by wins and playoff success rather than how many triple-doubles he had as a teenager, or so Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle hopes with his rookie sensation.

The budding Slovenian star's final game before turning 20 was just the illustration his coach had in mind.

The ball was in Doncic's hands late in a close game against a playoff contender, just as it has been regardless of the opponent most of the season once the Mavericks realized what they had in the No. 3 overall pick from last summer's draft.

Doncic had a hand in four straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes to help Dallas hold on in a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. He connected on two long 3s and assisted on the other two from behind the arc.

The win stopped a five-game losing streak that was more on the mind of Carlisle before the game than the litany of teen milestones for a player who has brightened the outlook of a franchise trying to become relevant in the postseason again.

"Luka's an amazing player for his age," Carlisle said. "Even when he turns 20, it's still going to be remarkable, the things that he's doing. But these last 22 games ... is going to be a test of how much of that load he can take on his back."

The Mavericks are playoff long shots in the Western Conference after trading their other four starters in a pair of deals before the deadline, and the most important player they got in return won't suit up this season.

Dallas decided to play it safe after completing a seven-player trade with New York that landed 2018 All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, who tore a knee ligament last February in what turned out to be his final game with the Knicks.

So while the Mavericks wait to see what Doncic and the 7-foot-3 Latvian can do together next season, the burden is on the only NBA player with multiple triple-doubles as a teen. Until the next teen star comes along, Doncic has four of the five in league history.

"I don't think it's just me," said Doncic, who turns 20 on Thursday. "A lot of players help us a lot. We have to trust everybody."

Even with Porzingis, the Mavericks will run their offense through their 6-7 point guard of the future. Twice as a teenager, Doncic had games with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. There have been just two others in NBA history — one each for LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

"It's crazy that he's that young," said 40-year-old Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with the same franchise.

"If you watch him play all year, if you watch him play tonight down the stretch, you wouldn't think you're talking a 19-, 20-year-old kid. It's just how he carries himself, the confidence, is of a veteran. He's going to be fun to watch for a long, long time."

Now that he's turning 20, Doncic has the same expectations he did at 19 after coming into the NBA as a Euroleague MVP and champion.

"Probably been asked this question 100 times, but I always say I knew I could play here," said Doncic, who leads all rookies at 20.9 points per game and is second in rebounds (7.3) and assists (5.7). "I knew what I can do. It's been great. I just have to keep working."

The teen portion was a big hit.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Helps Mavs Beat Pacers in Final Game as Teen]]>506473901Wed, 27 Feb 2019 22:28:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-020219.jpg

Luka Doncic had 26 points and 10 rebounds in his final game as a teenager, fellow rookie Jalen Brunson scored a season-high 24 points and the Dallas Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Doncic, the only teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles, didn't have a shot at his fifth late. But the first-year sensation who turns 20 Thursday had two of his seven assists on a pair of key 3-pointers while getting one from Brunson on a deep 3 to help Dallas hang on.

Wesley Matthews scored 20 points in his first game against his former team after going to New York in Dallas' blockbuster deal with the Knicks. Matthews signed with the Pacers as a free agent.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 22 points as Indiana lost consecutive games for the first time since the last of a season-high four straight losses on Jan. 31. Indiana had won eight of 10 coming into the game.

The Mavericks held on by making their last six 3-pointers in the final six minutes, capped by another shot from well behind the arc by Doncic for a 110-101 lead with 40 seconds remaining.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had one of those late 3s and finished with 20 points, while Dirk Nowitzki hit one early in the fourth for a five-point lead and finished with 11 points in the 40-year-old's first home start in his 21st season.

Indiana's Myles Turner, a former high school standout in the Dallas area, scored 13 points. Thaddeus Young had 11.

TIP-INS
Pacers: C Kyle O'Quinn was given a flagrant 1 for a hard foul that sent Doncic to the floor in the first quarter. Doncic, who was going for a dunk when O'Quinn met him in midair, also lost a shoe on the play. ... G Tyreke Evans was out with food poisoning, and F Domantas Sabonis was out with a sprained left ankle.

Mavericks: Doncic has 16 turnovers in two games. He had seven two nights after a season-high nine. ... Dwight Powell scored 12 points.

UP NEXT
Pacers: Minnesota at home Thursday, with Timberwolves going for first two-game season sweep since 2006-07.

Mavericks: Memphis at home Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Harrell Dunks Clippers Past Mavericks]]>506379481Tue, 26 Feb 2019 09:36:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_19057174377024.jpg

Fully recovered from a stomach bug that slowed him a day earlier, Montrezl Harrell brought his trademark energy against Dallas.

Harrell scored a career-high 32 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Mavericks 121-112 on Monday to move into the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.

Harrell had eight dunks, rattling the rim with one- and two-handed jams, including five in the first half.

"The win, that's what it's about right now," Harrell said. "That's more important than those stats."

Rookie Luka Doncic returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle to post his fourth triple-double for the Mavericks, who lost their fifth in a row. He had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Danilo Gallinari added 20 points for the Clippers. Williams had 10 assists.

Led by Harrell and Williams, the Clippers' bench scored 71 points.

"He dominated his position," Williams said of Harrell.

Los Angeles led by nine points early in the fourth, with Harrell storming the lane for two more dunks.

The Mavericks closed to 105-103 on seven straight points, including Tim Hardaway Jr.'s 3-pointer.

Dallas never got closer.

The Clippers got 3-pointers from Williams and Patrick Beverley and Harrell completed a three-point play to extend their lead to 116-108.

"We didn't do a good job," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "When you have a guy like Williams out there that you run around trapping, the Harrell's of the world are going to be more effective."

Doncic's 3-pointer tied the game at 78-all in the third, when he had 11 points.

Harrell and Williams combined to score 12 of the Clippers' last 15 points of the third, giving them a 91-88 lead going into the fourth.

Dwight Powell had 24 points and Hardaway Jr. finished with 20 points for the Mavericks.

DONCIC'S TURNOVERS

Doncic had nine turnovers, something Carlisle says he's prone to because he gets trapped every game. "He thinks he can thread any needle and throw the ball through one guy's nose and out his rear end," the coach said. "You just can't do that in this league on a consistent basis."

WEST CAN'T WAIT

Clippers consultant Jerry West says he "can't wait for summer to get here." That's when the Clippers are expected to be a major player in the free agent market. West told a pre-game gathering of select Clippers fans that he's "shocked" in a good way by the team's 34-28 record. "We have guys with no ego on this team. The future is bright," West said.

HONORING DIRK

With nine seconds to go in the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers grabbed the public address announcer's mic to salute Dirk Nowitzki, who received a standing ovation. "I just felt he deserved that," Rivers said.

Nowitzki scored 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting in his 1,500th career game.

"I got the game ball," he said. "Coming in 20 years ago, my first year struggling like that, I never thought I'm getting to 1,500 NBA games. It's been a great rollercoaster career with a lot of ups and downs."

The 14-time All-Star hasn't announced that he's retiring, saying only that he'll wait to make the decision based on how his body feels at season's end.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic turns 20 on Thursday. He visited with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. after the game. "He said he play like me," Doncic said. "I said I want to see it live."... They fell to 2-17 against the West on the road. ... Split the season series with LA 2-2.

Clippers: Harrell had 30 points at Memphis last Friday. ... They improved to 5-6 overall and 1-3 at home in the second game of a back-to-back, having lost at Denver on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Indiana on Wednesday.

Clippers: Visit Utah on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Cuban: I Look Up to Jerry]]>506353932Mon, 25 Feb 2019 21:31:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_on_Jerry_Jones_Web_SOT.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he remembers the day Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys and all the controversy that surrounded it. In the years since, Cuban said he's looked up to Jones, who was one of the first people to call him after Cuban bought the Mavericks.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Unveil 'Luka Magic' AR Experience in Downtown Dallas]]>506335961Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:08:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-luka-magic.jpg

Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks launched a pretty cool billboard on the YMCA building in downtown Dallas Friday featuring rookie sensation Luka Dončić.

The building hosts a massive billboard that, when you hold your phone up to it, plays a video of the newest NBA superstar and his "step back jumper."  

What's more, after watching the video, fans are invited to submit their own video showing their own "step back jumper." The best video will win an autographed Doncic jersey.

The augmented reality experience uses Facebook to superimpose a video over the photo on the billboard, allowing fans to watch the video on their phone, integrated with real space.

The feature will be active until March 15, but videos must be submitted by March 6.

For more, visit https://www.dallasmavs.com/ar.



Photo Credit: Noah Bullard, NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Jazz Pull Away From Mavericks for 125-109 Victory]]>506285481Sat, 23 Feb 2019 23:44:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Donovan-Mitchell-Getty-022319.jpg

Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell each scored 25 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 125-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Jae Crowder chipped in 22 points off the bench and Joe Ingles added 18 for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Utah didn't trail after the first quarter after taking control on both ends of the court. The Jazz shot 48 percent from the field and finished with a 53-42 advantage on rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Mavericks, who were without rookie Luka Doncic for a second straight game because of a sore right ankle. Trey Burke added 20 points off the bench in Dallas' fourth straight loss.

Both teams shot nearly 60 percent in the second quarter, when Utah opened a double-digit lead. The Jazz carved out their largest lead of the first half when Mitchell buried a 3-pointer to put Utah up 49-38 midway through the period.

Dallas hung around and whittled the deficit to 59-58 on a 3-pointer from Hardaway with 29 seconds remaining in the half. Mitchell answered with a jumper on the other end to keep the Jazz lead from getting completely erased.

The Mavericks couldn't get any closer after enduring a miserable start to the third quarter. Dallas missed 13 of 15 shots and scored just five points over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the quarter.

It opened the door for Utah to pull away. The Jazz ran off four straight baskets, culminating in a layup from Royce O'Neale, for a 78-63 lead with 4:40 left in the quarter.

Dallas made another rally early in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 86-83 on a 3-pointer from Dirk Nowitzki. Utah had baskets on five straight possessions to maintain its lead. Ingles fueled the run with a pair of 3-pointers. Gobert capped it off with a finger-roll layup that put Utah up 98-86 with 8 minutes remaining.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Nowitzki made his first start of the season. He finished with a season-high 15 points on a season-high six field goals in 25 minutes. . Dallas committed a season-low three turnovers.

Jazz: Derrick Favors finished with 11 rebounds. It was the 13th game this season where Favors has collected 10 or more rebounds. . Mitchell has tallied at least 20 points in 20 of his last 21 games. . Utah finished with a 16-9 advantage in fast-break points.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Jokic Helps Nuggets Beat Mavs as Doncic Sits With Sore Ankle]]>506252531Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:32:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a deep offensive effort, and the Denver Nuggets broke out in the second half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-104 on Friday night.

Northwest Division-leading Denver has won three straight. The Mavericks have lost three in a row, this one without star rookie Luka Doncic due to a sore right ankle. He is considered day to day.

Denver outscored Dallas 39-23 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 91-74 advantage. Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Mason Plumlee had 12 points and 13 boards, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery. Denver had seven players with at least 10 points.

Jalen Brunson started in Doncic's place and had a career-high 22 points. Dwight Powell had a season-high 20.

Powell gave Dallas a spark after entering midway through the first quarter. He scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in six minutes. Powell's layup with 3:31 left gave the Mavericks a 21-20 lead. They entered the second quarter up 30-25.

With Jokic in foul trouble, Millsap and Plumlee took over inside in the second quarter, which ended with the Nuggets leading 52-51.

The Nuggets scored the first eight points of the second half, including 3-pointers by Barton and Beasley. Denver led by 20 points in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Jokic got his 40th double-double of the season. ... G Gary Harris (groin injury) returned after missing seven games, but F Trey Lyles was out after straining his left hamstring in practice Wednesday. ... Denver outrebounded Dallas 63-42, including 17-8 in the third quarter. ... Jokic missed his 13th triple-double of the season by two assists.

Mavericks: Each team shot 41 percent from the field, but Dallas had 19 fewer attempts. Brunson was 8 for 12 (67 percent) and Powell was 6 for 12 (50).

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Begin a four-game homestand on Sunday against the Clippers.

Mavericks: Play Utah on Friday in the first of two road games in three nights.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Won't Tank Games After The All Star Break]]>506238951Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:53:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/PRINCIPAL-foto-de-jugador-EFE.jpg

The Mavericks are starting up after the NBA All Star break and they have 25 games left in the season.

I don't see Dallas tanking they way they did last season.

Fans are returning to downtown Dallas to see the Mavs rookie sensation Luka Doncic so might as well give everyone a show. If they lose games fine, but they will be trying to win.

The Mavericks 2019 first round draft pick will go to the Atlanta Hawks if it is six or lower in the draft order. Dallas made that trade to land Luka Doncic. The price Dallas paid for the Wonder Boy was fair and smart.

The mid-season trade for 7-3 power forward Kristaps Porzingis may have set the Mavs up with two franchise players. 'The Unicorn,' as he was known with the Knicks, will not play the rest of this season as he recovers from a knee injury.

In a chat with The Dallas Morning News I was asked this question: Do you think the Mavs will be aggressive in free agency?

Scruggs: Yes. I expect the Mavs to try and bring in an impact player. The Mavs have a terrible record when it comes to landing the big fish. They couldn't get LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard when they were top free agent options. I don't see Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson or Kyrie Irving electing to come play with Luka Doncic, but let's see what player the Mavs might land. They could also elect to wait until the summer of 2020 and make a play for Draymond Green. One thing Mavs fans know is general manager Donnie Nelson is creative and will upgrade the roster.

For the full chat, click here.



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<![CDATA[TODAY: Mavs CEO on Being a Courtside Trailblazer]]>506056031Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:31:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cynt-marshall-today-show.jpg

TODAY's Craig Melvin sat down for an intimate chat with Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall, one year after she began the massive undertaking of changing the NBA team's front office culture overrun with rampant sexual harassment and reports of domestic abuse.

Marshall, known as "Cynt," is the first black woman to be named CEO of an NBA team. She spoke with Melvin about the "locker room culture" that plagued the organization and changes she has brought about in one year on the job.

She also talked about her childhood and her marriage and family. She hopes by bringing more diversity, she has brought about change.

See the full video interview above or by watching here on TODAY.com.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Perfect From 3, But Team LeBron Wins NBA All-Star Game]]>505978231Sun, 17 Feb 2019 23:29:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Nowitzki-All-Star-Game-Getty-021719.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki entered the NBA All-Star Game late in the first quarter and made his first three shots -- all of them 3-pointers -- before heading back to the bench. Miami's Dwyane Wade checked in not long after Nowitzki took the floor, then started the second half and achieved his primary missions for his last All-Star Game as a player.

He got an alley-oop lob from James.

And he threw an alley-oop lob to James.

Wade dunked, James dunked, and the close friends who entered the NBA together in 2003 and won championships with Miami in 2012 and 2013 got a couple more moments to savor in their final night as on-court teammates.

The All-Star farewells for Wade and Nowitzki-- the adds to the game by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in honor of their career bodies of work -- were festive, as everyone wanted.

Wade finished with seven points in 10 minutes, and Nowitzki never returned after his nine-point, four-minute opening stint. When the third quarter ended, every player gathered behind them as Wade and Nowitzki were honored with commemorative jerseys at midcourt.

"Thank you to the commissioner and the NBA for allowing us to both be on this stage again," Nowitzki said.

"Exactly what Dirk said," Wade said as he took the microphone. "We're very thankful for this opportunity. ... The game is in great hands. It's easy to walk away right now."

Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain's-choice format for a second consecutive season.

"You put me on the floor, I love to compete," James said in the postgame interview room. "I'm a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I could get to this table first."

He wasn't kidding. He then turned to NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, asked if he was the first player to get into the room and grinned when told he was.

"See what I'm talking about?" James said.

Klay Thompson scored 20 point, and James and Kawhi Leonard each had 19 for the winners.

"It's all sweet to me," Durant said after getting his second All-Star MVP award, to go with the one he claimed in 2012. "It's hard to rank because everything's special. But it's cool to be out there with some of the best players to ever play the game. And to win MVP in front of my family and friends is pretty sweet."

Giannis Antetokounmpo -- the first-time captain -- led everybody with 38 points on 17 for 23 shooting for the club he drafted. Paul George and Khris Middleton each scored 20 points for Team Giannis, which got 17 apiece from Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.

"Just being the leader of a team, it wasn't as tough as I thought," Antetokounmpo said. "My teammates, the guys in the locker room, encouraged me to step up and take it serious and play hard."

The highlights, as would be expected, were absurdly good, time and again.

Curry slammed the ball off the floor on a first-half fast break and watched it ricochet toward the rim with an apex that flirted with the top of the backboard. Too high for most humans -- but Antetokounmpo isn't most humans. The freakishly long Greek star slammed Curry's unconventional alley-oop pass home, with both benches reacting in disbelief.

Curry then slammed an alley-oop on the last play of the game, to himself, for a dunk that closed the scoring in his hometown.

"I thought we put on a great show tonight," said Kemba Walker, Charlotte's lone player in the game.

It was not a defensive showcase, as always.

Team Giannis set an All-Star record with 23 field goals in the first quarter, topping the mark of 22 set on four other occasions -- by both the West and the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game, and by the West in both the second and third quarters of the 2016 game.

The 53 points tied a one-quarter All-Star record as well, matching the total by the West in the third quarter of the 2016 games and by the East in the first quarter of the 2017 game. But when it was time to get competitive, things tightened up considerably, at least by All-Star standards.

But when Team LeBron used a flurry of 3s to get back into it in the third quarter, everyone on the bench was standing -- sometimes running from the bench and onto the court during play, the celebrations a bit more exuberant than what's usually allowed.

"We got the win," said Houston's James Harden, who scored 12 points for Team LeBron. "That's all that matters."

TIP-INS
Team Giannis: Antetokounmpo was awarded a first-quarter free throw -- but instead of shooting it, he tossed a pass to himself off the backboard. It isn't legal, and didn't work, but he didn't mind. ... Embiid had 12 rebounds and Antetokounmpo added 11. ... Team Giannis gave up 96 points in the second half after leading 95-82 at the half.

Team LeBron: James spent part of halftime on the court listening to J. Cole's performance, then grabbed a hug from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. ... New Orleans' Anthony Davis, who was dealing with a muscle strain in his shoulder, played five minutes and made both of his shot attempts.

SPLAT BROTHERS
Ordinarily "Splash Brothers" in Golden State, Curry went splat -- courtesy of Klay Thompson.

Early in the fourth quarter, Curry shot a 3-pointer from the right wing while getting fouled by someone who's usually his teammate. Thompson gave a dismissive wave, as if to ask "Why'd I do that?" when Curry's 3 swished. And Curry made the free throw to seal the four-point play.

"I felt like the opposition for once. ... It sucked to be on the receiving end," Thompson said. "But it's all fun and games in the All-Star Game and that was a crazy shot."

OLADIPO SPEAKS
Victor Oladipo's season is over with a leg injury that kept him from playing in the All-Star Game as well. The Indiana Pacers star, however, was watching. "Wish I could be there playing with you guys but I know this will be a good game to watch!" Oladipo tweeted. "I was on Team LeBron last year but this year it's all about (hash)TeamGiannis! Lets Go Fellas!!!" Oladipo was replaced on the Team Giannis roster by Brooklyn's D'Angelo Russell.

NO-FIGHT NIGHT
There were no fights, though that didn't stop the league from bringing in renowned boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer to deliver his famed "Let's get ready to rumble" proclamation just before tip-off.

UP NEXT
The next All-Star Game is Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dirk, Doncic Come Up Short at NBA All-Star Saturday Night]]>505952891Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:59:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1130201167_opt.jpg

Appearing at NBA All-Star weekend for what could be the final time, the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki competed in the 3-point shooting content, which he won in 2006, while rookie Luka Doncic participated in the skills challenge.

Nowitzki did not get out of the first round in the contest, which was eventually won by Brooklyn's Joe Harris.

Doncic was matched up against Atlanta's Trae Young in the skills challenge semifinals, but was bested by the player he was traded for in the 2018 NBA Draft. Boston's Jayson Tatum won the event.

Former Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. competed in the slam dunk contest, but fell in the final to Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo.

Harris made 12 straight shots in the final round and went a staggering 15 for 18 on moneyballs -- the shots worth the most -- to win the 3-point title. He finished with 26 of a possible 34 points in the final round, beating Golden State's Stephen Curry by two. Sacramento's Buddy Hield was third with 19 final-round points.

"Obviously, it's incredible," Harris said. "Steph is the greatest shooter of all time. But, again, shooting off of the rack for a minute is not indicative of being a better shooter than Steph Curry. I don't want anybody to get it twisted at all."

And the runner-up left a winner, too.

Stephen Curry and his brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers had a bet where the winner of the 3-point contest -- they were both entrants -- would have to pay for tickets for the family over the rest of their careers.

Seth Curry didn't get out of the first round. He said that even though his brother didn't win, he'd pay up.

"It stands. He got that 27 in Round One and that's impressive," Seth Curry said. "He deserved to win the bet and I have to do what I got to do."

Stephen Curry won the first round with 27 points, making his last 10 shots. Hield was second with 26 points, and Harris finished with 25 to grab the last spot in the finals. And in a weekend where the Curry family -- Dell Curry is a former Charlotte star, Steph is a three-time NBA champion, Seth is in the league and mother Sonya beat them all by making an underhand half-court shot Friday -- was celebrated, the trophy finish didn't happen.

"I would have loved the storybook ending -- Steph comes home and wins in his native Charlotte," Stephen Curry said. "That's how I had it in my head anyway."

Stephen Curry went a combined 37 for 50 in the two rounds, the best of anyone in the event. But Harris' timely makes of the moneyballs put him over the top.

"It's been an honor for me to be here, for me to participate in this weekend," Harris said. "And it's certainly something that I'll remember for a long time."

Same goes for Tatum.

The night started with the skills challenge, and Tatum edged Young in the final by making a shot from just past the midcourt stripe. Young was ahead of Tatum in the competition where players have to execute some passes, a layup and then a 3-pointer. So fearing that Young would make his 3 before Tatum could even get one off, he let it fly from about 50 feet.

"I didn't want to give Trae a chance," Tatum said. "I honestly didn't know I was going to hit the shot, but I had to give myself a chance and throw it up there. It worked out for the best."

When the skills challenge and 3-point contest cleared the floor, that left the dunkers. The slam dunk contest field of four -- Smith Jr., Diallo, Charlotte's Miles Bridges and Atlanta's John Collins -- was pared to Diallo and Smith for the final.

Diallo pulled off a dunk that will be talked about for years in the first round -- dunking over Shaquille O'Neal, hanging on the rim by his elbow, then tearing open his jersey to reveal a "Superman" shirt underneath. And his first dunk of the final round had the top of his head at basically rim level, putting him in control after Smith failed to make a dunk in his debut try of the final.

Smith leapfrogged Miami's Dwyane Wade and took a lob from Stephen Curry to give himself a chance with his last dunk, getting a perfect score from the judges -- and a round of boos from the crowd, many of whom weren't that impressed.

That left Diallo as the night's final participant. Diallo got rapper Quavo out of the crowd, put the ball in his hands, then grabbed it as he went airborne for the slam that sealed the title.

"Atmosphere was great," Diallo said. "Just came out and gave the crowd what it was looking for."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Fans Travel Thousands of Miles to Watch Luka]]>505916861Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:59:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka+Doncic+Fans.jpg

As Luka Doncic warms up on the floor in Dallas, autograph seekers are eager to meet the star rookie.

But in the midst of the signature-collecting chaos, one group of fans seems to exude more energy than the rest.

"It's a dream come true, something on the top of their bucket list," said Andrej Miljkovic, a sports journalist from Ljubljana, Slovenia. "They came to Dallas with all their hearts and you can see that with every step."

About one hundred fans from Doncic's hometown of Ljubljana made the more than 5,500 mile trip to the American Airlines Center to watch their favorite player in-person.

"We've been tracking Luka's game for the last five years," said Mitga Petlin, a Doncic fan from Ljubljana.

"Slovenia sports web pages have their peak at five-o'clock in the morning," said Miljkovic. "They follow each and every move. Everything (Luka) does is big news."

Big news as Luka mania continues to grow, with a new group of Mavericks fans watching closely from all the way on the other side of the globe.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Wade, Dirk Swap Jerseys, Share Eventful History]]>505851591Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:59:32 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wade-nowitzki-jersey-swap-tdmn.jpg

Of all the opposing jerseys Dwyane Wade has collected through swaps during his final NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki's was among those the Miami star wanted the most and somehow seemed worried he wouldn't get.

Maybe it had something to do with the "frosty" phase of their relationship, as the Dallas icon described the strain following the Heat's six-game win over the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals. Maybe Wade thought such a display wouldn't be possible on Dallas owner Mark Cuban's court.

In reality, Wade didn't need to worry about Nowitzki turning him down.

The two-time Finals foes are elder statesmen in their league now, a co-existence better defined by sharing honorary All-Star status for the NBA's biggest party than bitterness over a championship lost to a rival.

"You appreciate having someone like that that's a part of your journey, that pushes you," Wade said, a few hours before that jersey swap took place near midcourt following Miami's 112-101 victory in Dallas on Wednesday. "We're an important part of each other's story."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver added Wade and Nowitzki as All-Star extras for Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the 37-year-old Wade already saying his 16th season will be his last and the 40-year-old Nowitzki's record 21st season with the same franchise having the feel of an unofficial farewell tour.

After winning his first title on Dallas' home court in 2006, Wade wasn't thrilled with complaints that the Heat -- and their star player in particular -- got a huge assist from the officials. He eventually shot back that the Mavericks might have won with better leadership from Nowitzki.

When Nowitzki was on his way to payback with a title five years later, Wade and LeBron James mocked Nowitzki by faking coughs in front of cameras after that year's finals MVP made the decisive bucket in a critical Game 4 win while playing with a fever.

Those days are long gone, replaced by mutual admiration for players in supporting roles on teams with little hope of winning titles after years as pressure-laden leading men for franchises that were among the elite.

"I always say he pushed me to become the player in '11 to ultimately win," Nowitzki said. "There were some things said after the '06 finals, and both sides didn't love it. There were some times that we didn't speak much. But I always watched from afar."

Wade won his second and third titles -- both with James -- the first two years after losing to the Mavericks. He essentially says the same thing about his experience of losing to Nowitzki.

"We don't lose that Finals in '11, we're still going, me and 'Bron still fighting it out to see who's the best," Wade said. "I took a step back at that point to kind of let him take over, an organization that I would call mine before that."

The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since taking the franchise's only title and have ground to make up if they want to avoid missing the postseason for the third straight year.

The Heat had one playoff series victory in the four years after going to the Finals in each of James' four seasons. Miami has more realistic playoff hopes than Dallas this year, but only because the Eastern Conference is more forgiving.

None of that will matter as the All-Stars celebrate two players with 27 appearances between them. This will be 14 for Nowitzki, the German who is the only foreign-born player among the NBA's seven 30,000-point scorers, and 13 for Wade.

"Dirk is one of the first guys to have ever done it from overseas," said Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the "Greek Freak" who is an All-Star captain alongside James. "Hopefully, all the other international guys and overseas guys can do the same thing for the next generation."

The most competitive part of Nowitzki's weekend will come in the 3-point contest Saturday night -- he's the only 7-footer to win it (in 2006). And he'll be one of the coaches in the Rising Stars game, leading 19-year-old Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

As for the game, Nowitzki expects his role to be about like that of an extra in the movies -- very, very minor.

"It's going to be fun to be part of and watch, maybe coach some, maybe get in for a minute or two," the 2007 NBA MVP said. "But really I think that game is more about the guys that deserve to be there and got voted in."

The other guy who didn't get voted in has similar feelings.

"Me and him have had our fair share of All-Star games," Wade said. "This is a lot different for what we're looking to get out of it. I'm glad it is me and Dirk. I think it fits. I think it's right and I'm appreciative of it."

For Nowitzki, it's no secret why it fits better now than it did eight years ago.

"We're older," Nowitzki said. "When you're young, you compete, you're stubborn. There was a few guys where I was just not that friendly with. We played against the Spurs every year in the playoffs, and I didn't love them guys either."

Turns out it's nothing personal.



Photo Credit: Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Must See: Kid Makes Luka Doncic-Themed Valentines Box]]>505827032Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:59:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+mvas+valentines+box.jpg

We asked viewers to send in Valentines Day boxes and we got this impressive one from the Garcia kids. It's Luka Doncic themed, complete with a hoop and mini basketballs. Send yours to isee@nbcdfw.com.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Wade Helps Heat Top Mavs in Likely Final Dallas Game]]>505818911Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:03:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/171*120/GettyImages-1129508953.jpg

Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in what figures to be his final game on the court where he won his first championship, helping the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-101 Wednesday night.

The 37-year-old who has already said this is his final season was a little better despite one of the stronger games of the season for Dirk Nowitzki, his two-time NBA Finals foe whose record 21st season with the same franchise has the feel of an unofficial farewell tour.

The 40-year-old German finished two points shy of his season high with 12, although most of the highlights in their first meeting of the season came in the first half before the Heat outscored the Mavericks 32-16 in the third quarter and led by as many as 21 points in the fourth.

Nowitzki and Wade, both added to this weekend's All-Star game to recognize their decorated careers, entered the final game before the break together midway through the first quarter, which eased the boos on a Wade farewell tour that has been well-received everywhere else.

There were some boos as they took the court, but those were quickly drowned out when many in the crowd stood and cheered. That's been the consistent reaction from fans whenever Nowitzki enters games -- home and road.

The true reaction of Dallas fans to Wade came later when they booed the 37-year-old whenever he touched the ball. The Mavericks have always thought Wade was the beneficiary of questionable calls in the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat clinched with a Game 6 win in Dallas.

Fans probably still remember the video of Wade and LeBron James faking coughs while leaving the Mavericks' arena after losing Game 5 of the 2011 Finals when Nowitzki, who was sick before the game, hit the winning shot. Dallas took Game 6 in Miami to win the series.

For those who forgot, there were plenty of Twitter posts before the game noting the irony of Wade missing Miami's shootaround because of an illness in what should be his final Dallas appearance.

Wade, who went on to win two more titles with James, was healthy enough to play, and had some vintage moments in the first half. He hit a 3 over Nowitzki before the 40-year-old answered him with his familiar one-legged fadeaway over Wade at the other end.

Some of the loudest boos for Wade came with him dribbling out the final seconds of the first half isolated on Dallas rookie Jalen Brunson. Wade swished a jumper over the two-time NCAA champion from Villanova to finish the half with a team-high 14 points.

The Heat took control without Wade in the third quarter, with Josh Richardson scoring six of the first eight points on a 12-0 run that extended a one-point lead and put Miami ahead by double digits for good.

Richardson scored 14 points, and Dion Waiters had 20. Justise Winslow had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. The only teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles just missed his fourth. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 20 points.

TIP-INS

Heat: Finished with seven players in double figures. The others were James Johnson with 12 points and Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo with 10 apiece. ... Richardson and Winslow had six assists each.

Mavericks: C Salah Mejri returned after missing three games and made his second start of the season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian was re-signed after getting waived as part of the trade that sent Harrison Barnes to Sacramento. Brunson started the second half instead of Mejri, who had two points and one rebound in eight minutes.

UP NEXT

Both teams are headed into All-Star break. The Heat return to finish the second of two season-long six-game road trips at Philadelphia on Feb. 21. The Mavericks are home against Denver on Feb. 22.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Harden Runs 30-Point Streak to 30, Rockets Beat Mavs]]>505701761Mon, 11 Feb 2019 21:41:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

James Harden scored 31 points for his 30th straight 30-point game despite dealing with a shoulder injury, leading the Houston Rockets to a 120-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

Harden, who had eight rebounds and seven assists, seemed to be a bit slowed early by the strained left shoulder that he injured on Saturday against Oklahoma City, making just one of his first seven shots. But he warmed up after that and finished 9 of 23, capped by his sixth 3-pointer with less than a minute left to put him over 30 and keep the streak going. Fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" after he sunk the step back over Dorian Finney-Smith.

He's now just one game from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak of 30-point games in NBA history. Chamberlain also holds the top 30-point game streak with 65 in a row.

Houston had a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter and was up 106-90 when Harden entered the game for the first time in the period with about 6 1/2 minutes left. The Mavericks went on a 7-0 run after that, with a 3-pointer from Jalen Brunson, to get within 106-97 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining.

Harden heated up after that, making two 3-pointers in a 9-3 run to extend the lead to 115-100 with about 2 minutes left and put the game out of reach.

Luka Doncic had 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who lost for the first time this season to Houston after winning the first two meetings.

Chris Paul added 17 points with 11 assists, and Gerald Green scored 19 points with five 3-pointers to help Houston to its fourth win in five games.

The Rockets were up by 14 at halftime and Harden scored seven points in the first few minutes of the third quarter to help push the lead to 76-58. Harden later dished to Green for a 3-pointer to make it 85-66.

The Mavericks scored the next eight points, capped by a 3 from Finney-Smith just before the shot clocked expired, to get within 85-74 with 2 minutes left in the third.

Green had a layup after that to end the scoring streak by Dallas and the Rockets had a 92-78 lead at the end of three.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dwight Powell scored 12 points. ... Brunson had 13 points and five rebounds. ... Dallas made 13 of 36 3-pointers.

Rockets: Kenneth Faried had 17 points and eight rebounds. Eric Gordon scored 18 points. ... Iman Shumpert had six points in his second game in Houston since a trade last week. ... Paul moved into eighth place on the career assists list with 8,972. ... Houston made 23 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Miami on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Newy: Mavericks Not in Tank Mode]]>505695592Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:55:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Mavericks_2019-02-11-18-43-45.jpg

The Mavericks built for the future by trading four starters before the NBA’s Trade Deadline. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why the wheeling and dealing doesn’t mean Dallas will tank the rest of this season for better positioning in the 2019 NBA Draft.]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban: Doncic Exceeding All Expectations]]>505644812Sun, 10 Feb 2019 19:47:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark_cuban_on_luka_doncic.jpg

Rookie guard Luka Doncic has exceeded all expectations the team had for him this season, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said.]]>
<![CDATA[Doncic, Mavericks Erase Deficit in Win Over Blazers]]>505644041Sun, 10 Feb 2019 19:47:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-020219.jpg

Luka Doncic was summoned back to the court for a very brief speech to a group of about 100 Slovenians who made the 24-hour trek to see their countryman, the teenage rookie sensation for the Dallas Mavericks.

The bigger thrill for the visitors came a little earlier when Doncic helped engineer a fourth-quarter comeback against the playoff-contending Portland Trail Blazers.

Doncic scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth, Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 24 and the Mavericks erased a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes for a 102-101 victory Sunday.

"I don't normally play him the whole quarter, but when we began to make the push early in the fourth it was just one those times where he was going to have to finish for us to have a chance," said coach Rick Carlisle, whose team matched its biggest comeback of the season.

Damian Lillard scored 21 of his 30 points in the last half of the third quarter to help the Blazers build a lead that grew to 96-81 early in the fourth before the Mavericks mounted their rally.

Lillard made eight straight shots and in one stretch scored 16 straight Portland points in the third, but the All-Star guard missed his last four attempts as the Blazers went 10:10 without a field goal in a nine-point fourth quarter.

The last miss from Lillard was a driving layup in the final seconds after Doncic had missed at the other end, and Dallas' Maxi Kleber hunched over with the rebound and hung on long enough for time to expire.

"Some missed opportunities, some turnovers, some poor decisions, and you have got to give Dallas a lot of credit," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "They play with a lot of energy."

There is plenty of debate over whether the Mavericks still want to make the playoffs after trading the other four starters around Doncic in a pair of deals that were clearly about the future over the present.

Three of the starters went to New York, and the Mavericks have decided not to play the centerpiece of that deal. They instead plan to let 2018 All-Star Kristaps Porzingis continue his recovery from a knee injury sustained about a year ago with the Knicks.

Hardaway was the second-biggest part of the deal for Dallas, and had his best showing in his third game. With the intensity of the rally building, he won a scramble for a loose ball and weaved through defenders for an emphatic left-handed dunk to get Dallas within one.

Doncic gave the Mavericks their first lead since early in the second quarter with a finger-roll layup, then the 19-year-old put them ahead for good with a 3-point play on a driving layup for a 102-99 lead with 1:28 remaining.

After CJ McCollum made a shot, the teams exchanged misses before Lillard's last-second attempt in the third loss in the past 10 games for Portland.

"I just think it's a message because they're a team that's below .500 right now," Lillard said. "They just had a trade. They got all new guys and things like that, and it's a game that we should be able to win."

Justuf Nurkic had 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds before fouling out when Hardaway got the Mavericks to 97-all on free throws. They had been even at 67 in the third before Lillard took over and gave the Blazers a comfortable lead.

Dwight Powell had 13 points and eight rebounds, including an alley-oop dunk from Doncic that kicked the comeback into another gear while getting Dallas within six. Doncic had nine rebounds and six assists.

Dorian Finney-Smith started the game-ending 21-5 run by tipping in his own miss and finished with 11 points and six boards.

TIP-INS
Blazers: McCollum was just 6 of 17 from the field and finished with 14 points, ending his career-best three straight games with at least 30 points. ... Seth Curry scored four points against his former team. The Mavericks had interest in bringing back Curry this season as a key 3-point threat after he missed the 2017-18 season with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

Mavericks: C Salah Mejri was re-signed three days after being waived as part of the trade that sent Harrison Barnes to Sacramento. Dallas made the deal for salary-cap relief, acquiring Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson. Randolph was waived the day after the trade. Mejri wasn't active against Portland. ... Hardaway reached 5,000 career points with two buckets in the first quarter. His next two baskets were 3-pointers to give him 700 for his career.

UP NEXT
Trail Blazers: At Oklahoma City on Monday night.

Mavericks: At Houston on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Antetokounmpo, Bucks Win 6th Straight, 122-107 Over Mavs]]>505598151Fri, 08 Feb 2019 22:50:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to their sixth straight victory, beating the retooling Dallas Mavericks 122-107 on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo was 13 of 19 from the field and got the upper hand again in his second meeting with fellow Euro star Luka Doncic, the Dallas rookie sensation who scored 20 points. He's the only original starter remaining because of two trades that were more about the future than the present.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who have surged to the best record in the NBA (41-13) with a pair of six-win runs on either side of a loss. One of those victories was over the Mavericks at home, when Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to Doncic's 18 in a 10-point win.

Milwaukee didn't have Nikola Mirotic a day after acquiring him from New Orleans before the trading deadline. It didn't matter as the Bucks shot 54 percent despite going 10 of 36 (28 percent) from 3-point range.

Antetokounmpo repeatedly powered his way to the basket for dunks and layups, starting with the first two baskets of the game. Lopez found some favorable matchups as well, make six of eight from inside the arc while going 2 of 6 from long range.

Even guard Malcolm Brogdon backed down the Mavericks for easy buckets, finishing with 18 points along with backcourt mate Eric Bledsoe.

Trey Burke, one of four players to join Dallas from New York in a deal that also brought Kristaps Porzingis and sent three Dallas starters to the Knicks, scored 18 points. Tim Hardaway Jr., another guard from that trade, had 12.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Guards Eric Bledsoe and Brogdon scored 18 points apiece. ... F Khris Middleton was given a night of rest on the front end of a back-to-back. ... Coach Mike Budenholzer said it wasn't clear whether Mirotic would be available on the second night of a back-to-back at home against Orlando. The fifth-year forward has been listed with a right calf strain and missed his last seven games with the Pelicans.

Mavericks: Antetokounmpo's brother, F Kostas Antetokounmpo, was expected to be active before he was a late scratch because of an illness. The younger Antetokounmpo is a rookie who hasn't played for the Mavericks and has spent most of the season with their G-League team. He was active but didn't play when the teams met in Milwaukee last month. ... Dallas had a season-high 22 3-pointers, going 9 of 16 from long range in the third quarter.

NO RANDOLPH FOR MAVS

Dallas waived Zach Randolph two days after acquiring the forward while sending Harrison Barnes to Sacramento in a trade designed for salary-cap relief. The 37-year-old Randolph never played for the Kings in his second season with them. Justin Jackson, the other player in the deal, made his Dallas debut late in the fourth quarter.

By trading Barnes, the Mavericks put themselves in position to acquire another front-line player to go with rookie sensation Luka Doncic and Porzingis, a 2018 All-Star. Porzingis isn't playing this season as he recovers from a knee injury sustained last February.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Go for three-game season sweep of Orlando at home Saturday.

Mavericks: Portland on Sunday in finale of three-game homestand.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Waive Zach Randolph, Acquired in Trade With Kings]]>505594241Fri, 08 Feb 2019 20:03:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/randolphkanterusatsi.jpg

The Mavericks have waived Zach Randolph two days after acquiring the forward while sending Harrison Barnes to Sacramento in a trade designed to give Dallas salary-cap relief.

Randolph and young forward Justin Jackson were sent to the Mavericks in a deal that came together while Barnes was playing for Dallas in a 99-93 win over Charlotte on Wednesday. Jackson was active for Friday night's game against Milwaukee.

The 37-year-old Randolph never played for the Kings in his second season with them. He was a frequent Dallas foe during his eight seasons with Memphis. A day after the trade, Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said he didn't expect Randolph to play for the club.

Randolph has averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in 17 seasons with five teams.

By trading Barnes, the Mavericks put themselves in position to acquire another front-line player to go with rookie sensation Luka Doncic and 2018 All-Star Kristaps Porzingis.

Dallas traded for Porzingis last week in a seven-player deal with New York that starters Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and center DeAndre Jordan to the Knicks. Porzingis won't play this season as he continues to recover from a knee injury sustained last February.



Photo Credit: Ali Thanawalla]]>
<![CDATA[Newy: Mavericks' Arrow Finally Pointing Up]]>505535042Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:48:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Mavs+Trades_2019-02-07-18-45-10.jpg

The Mavericks revamped their roster by executing two major deals before the NBA’s Trade Deadline. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains how building around Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will help Dallas return to postseason glory.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Deal Harrison Barnes to Kings for Rudolph, Jackson]]>505497421Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:30:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barneskingsusatsi.jpg

Harrison Barnes stayed on the bench in the fourth quarter after news broke that the Dallas Mavericks forward had been traded to Sacramento.

The seventh-year player lingered on the floor a few extra moments after the game to chat up some Charlotte opponents, then walked through a throng of fans who seemed to want to say goodbye after seeing all the social media activity on their phones during the second half.

The makeover of the Mavericks continued even as parts of the blockbuster trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks were making their Dallas debuts. Porzingis isn't playing this season as he recovers from a knee injury.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks made another move by dealing Barnes while beating the Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.

"That's really the first time I've witnessed it," Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said of seeing someone traded during a game. "During practice, on the plane, bus, stuff like that, yes, that happened to me. But during the game? I have not witnessed that being live."

LeBron James of the Lakers blasted the move in an Instagram post late Wednesday.

"So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???" James wrote. "Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea."

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his first game since leaving the Knicks. Trey Burke went scoreless in four minutes while Courtney Lee didn't play.

Barnes, who was traded for Kings forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, played most of the third quarter before reports of the deal surfaced, scoring seven of his 10 points. He wasn't available in the locker room after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki started realizing something was up when Barnes didn't replace him early in the fourth quarter as usual with the 40-year-old playing a limited role in his record 21st season with the same franchise.

Since Nowitzki credited Barnes for being a positive influence in his two-plus seasons with the Mavericks, he wasn't surprised that Barnes stuck around after word of the trade got out.

"He's a better man than me," said Nowitzki, who scored eight points. "Everybody else would have bounced out. He's just a genuinely good dude and he's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. That's the kind of guy he is."

Kemba Walker had 30 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.

With NBA Commissioner Adam Silver watching from not far behind the Mavericks bench, Doncic had a spinning layup for a 3-point play with Dallas leading by two and answered a bucket by Batum with a 3 to push the lead to six.

The first teenager with multiple triple-doubles, Doncic had 11 assists and 10 rebounds on a rough shooting night (5 of 20, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range).

Batum, who finished with 14 points, got the Hornets within three with a 3-pointer before Finney-Smith answered from long range for a 97-91 lead in his second career double-double.

TIP-INS

Hornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs. ... Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points, and Cody Zeller had 13 rebounds with nine points. ... Batum was just 2 of 9 from 3-point range as the Hornets shot 24 percent from beyond the arc.

Mavericks: After setting franchise record for 3s in a quarter by going 10 of 17 from long range in the first quarter of the meeting in Charlotte, the Mavericks missed their first 10 before Hardaway and Doncic hit consecutive 3s in the final 1:11 of the first. ... All of Doncic's triple-doubles have come in the past seven games. ... Dwight Powell had his second double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. ... As part of the Sacramento trade, Dallas waived C Salah Mejri.

COMING AND GOING

After trying to figure out how to incorporate three new guards into his rotation, and only using two, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has a couple of forwards coming in with Randolph and Jackson.

"With this trade now, a lot of things are in play," Carlisle said. "Everything is going to bump a little here and a little there. I have to let the dust settle and figure out who the hell is going to start."

UP NEXT

Hornets: Second stop on a four-game trip at Atlanta on Saturday.

Mavericks: Second of three straight at home against Milwaukee on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: James Ham]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Top Hornets 99-93 as Dallas Deals Barnes to Kings]]>505486481Wed, 06 Feb 2019 22:36:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/barneskingsap.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the new-look Dallas Mavericks made another move by trading Harrison Barnes while beating the Charlotte Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his Dallas debut after the blockbuster deal that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks. Porzingis isn't playing this season as he recovers from a knee injury.

Barnes played into the third quarter before reports of a trade with Sacramento surfaced. He was on the bench but didn't play in the fourth quarter. Barnes scored seven of his 10 points in the third.

Two people with knowledge of the deal said the Mavericks sent Barnes to the Kings for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade hadn't been announced.

Kemba Walker had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.

With NBA Commissioner Adam Silver watching from not far behind the Mavericks bench, Doncic had a spinning layup for a 3-point play with Dallas leading by two. The first teenager with multiple triple-doubles, Doncic had 11 assists and 10 rebounds on a rough shooting night (5 of 20, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range).

After Nicolas Batum scored two of his 14 points to get Charlotte within three, Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer for a 97-91 lead in his second career double-double.

TIP-INS

Hornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs. ... Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points, and Cody Zeller had 13 rebounds with nine points.

Mavericks: After setting franchise record for 3s in a quarter by going 10 of 17 from long range in the first quarter of the meeting in Charlotte, the Mavericks missed their first 10 before Hardaway and Doncic hit consecutive 3s in the final 1:11 of the first. ... Trey Burke was scoreless in four minutes in his Dallas debut. Courtney Lee, also part of the New York trade, didn't play.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Second stop on a four-game trip at Atlanta on Saturday.

Mavericks: Second of three straight at home against Milwaukee on Friday.



Photo Credit: James Ham]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Team Up to Offer Free Dental Care to Kids]]>505587562Fri, 08 Feb 2019 18:16:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Free+Dental+Care.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks teamed up with Biolase and local dentists to offer free dental care to kids in Dallas.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children]]>505398662Tue, 05 Feb 2019 22:55:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Hospital+Visit+020519.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks spent part of their day on Tuesday giving back to the North Texas community. Several members of the team visited children who are hospitalized and in need of encouragement right now. NBC 5’s Paul Jones has the story.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Porzingis Won't Play for Mavs Now; Cuban Has Long-Term View]]>505340891Mon, 04 Feb 2019 21:28:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kristaps+Porzingis+020419.jpg

Kristaps Porzingis won't play for the Mavericks this season while continuing his recovery from a knee injury after Dallas acquired the 2018 All-Star in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks.

As for the next 20 years, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Monday he envisions Porzingis forming a Euro star pairing with 19-year-old rookie Luka Doncic even though the 7-foot-3 Latvian can become a restricted free agent after this season.

It was Cuban's way of saying he expects the 23-year-old Porzingis to sign a long-term contract, sooner than later. And for anyone questioning the math, Cuban likes to talk about medical advances extending careers of players into their mid-40s.

Cuban interrupted a question for Porzingis on whether the player once considered the cornerstone of the New York franchise planned to sign long term with Dallas.

"I can answer that for him," Cuban said. "Yes, he does."

Asked if that was true, Porzingis said, "Yes."

"Our goal is to keep them together for the next 20 years," Cuban said, interjecting himself again.

Porzingis said the plan all along was to sit out the season. He spoke two days shy of the one-year anniversary of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after a dunk against Milwaukee.

"There's no rush," Porzingis. "I've been patient this whole time, and I'm going to keep staying patient, which is one of the hardest things for me to do. We're going to make the right decision."

The Knicks made the seven-player deal last week on the same day they said Porzingis asked to be traded.

Dallas also acquired guards Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee. New York added point guard Dennis Smith Jr., the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft, along with guard Wesley Matthews and center DeAndre Jordan. The Knicks gets two future first-round picks.

While Knicks President Steve Mills said Porzingis made it clear in their meeting last week that he wanted out, the fourth overall pick in 2015 said he preferred to discuss the future rather than dwell on the past.

Clearly, the future is all about Porzingis pairing with Doncic, the 6-7 Slovenian guard who swept the first three rookie of the month awards and is leading the Mavericks in scoring. Naturally, Porzingis was asked about the potential of the Euro duo several times.

"I get excited every time I think about it," said Porzingis, whose shares a pro background in Spain with Doncic. "I really see us being very special on the court and fun to watch."

Porzingis probably won't get to play with the European star he grew up watching: Dirk Nowitzki. The German has a secondary role in what is expected to be his final season. The 40-year-old Nowitzki set an NBA record by spending all 21 of his seasons with the same franchise.

Although Nowitzki hasn't said he's retiring and maintains that he will wait until the offseason to decide, several stops at hallowed NBA arenas have felt like farewells. That included Madison Square Garden -- a day before the trade.

Porzingis had dinner with J.J. Barea after arriving in Dallas, and the Mavericks guard who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon said Porzingis had plenty of questions about the 2011 title run led by Nowitzki and sparked in the NBA Finals by Barea.

"Dirk is a guy I looked up to growing up," Porzingis said. "I hope we have a lot of time to spend together now that I'm in here in Dallas while he's still playing. I'll try to use every moment I have to bother him with some questions and some good stories that he has."

Assuming it is Nowitzki's final season, it won't be long before the focus turns entirely toward a pair of young Europeans who will try to bring a second championship to Dallas. The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since winning their only title.

"I see two guys who are going to put their own signature on their positions," general manager Donnie Nelson said. "This is one of the most exciting times I think I've ever been a part of, having potentially two young players of their caliber for our fans to watch."

Coach Rick Carlisle's focus is on trying to get the Mavericks back to the playoffs, even though the trade could be viewed as a surrender on the current season, particularly with the decision to sit Porzingis with Dallas four games out of the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

Even for Carlisle, it was hard to resist looking ahead.

"Next September seems like a long way away, but time is flying," Carlisle said. "In today's world of social media and things go a zillion miles an hour and we're going to blink and it's going to be media day in September 2019 and we'll be ready to go."

And Porzingis figures to be ready to play.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Building Around Porzingis and Doncic]]>505327062Mon, 04 Feb 2019 18:36:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Porzingis+Web+Segment+2-4-19_2019-02-04-18-34-46.jpg

The Mavericks are hoping to build a championship foundation around 23-year-old All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis and 19-year-old sensation Luka Doncic. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Paul Jones break down the potential of the European dynamic duo.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Introduce the Unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis]]>505318141Mon, 04 Feb 2019 22:51:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kirstaps-porzingis-newser-02.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks introduced Latvian superstar Kristaps Porzingis Monday along with three other players picked up from the New York Knicks in a trade last week.

Porzingis, who tore his ACL last February is expected to sit on the bench for the Mavs this season, took part in a news conference Monday with former Knicks, now Mavericks Tim Hardaway, Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.

During an introductory news conference Monday, Porzingis said he feels "bouncy" and that he's excited to get back on the court.

When asked if he'll go for a restricted deal or a long term deal in the summer, owner Mark Cuban said long-term and that he hoped to keep Porzingis and Luka Doncic on the same court for 20 years.

Porzingis said he and Doncic knew each other from playing in Spain and that they clicked "right away."

Porzingis said he and Cuban were on the same page with contract expectations and that he and the team would sit down and make a plan for his continuing rehabilitation.

"I feel great. But, as I said, we're taking our time. There's no rush. I've been patient this whole time and I'm going to keep staying patient which is one of the hardest things for me to do," Porzingis said. "We're going to make the right decisions."

Porizingis has averaged 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in his career, but has not played this season. He was the fourth overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. is coming to a franchise where his father played in 2001-2002.

"It's crazy. Once the trade went down, I was pretty excited. Just looking on social media and just looking at the pictures and just looking back at it," Hardaway said. "It's a great situation. Great opportunity for myself and my family. I'm happy to be here."

In the trade, the Mavs sent Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Mathews and DeAndre Jordan to the Knicks.

Smith, Jr. was the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in his 101 career games in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Rookie Doncic Scores 35 as Mavericks Top Cavaliers]]>505262262Sat, 02 Feb 2019 22:03:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-020219.jpg

Rookie Luka Doncic matched his season high with 35 points and did a little bit of everything for Dallas, and Harrison Barnes scored 13 in the fourth quarter to lead the undermanned Mavericks to a 111-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

With a contingent of fans waving Slovenian flags to support Doncic, the 19-year-old showed why the Mavericks are so excited about their future. He added 11 rebounds, six assists and made a couple long 3-pointers that drew gasps from the Quicken Loans crowd.

Barnes made three 3-pointers in the fourth and finished with 17 points, and rookie Jalen Brunson added 15 for the Mavericks, who played their second game since acquiring star Kristaps Porzingis from New York in a blockbuster trade. Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke also came in the deal but are not eligible to play until their physicals are completed.

Jordan Clarkson scored 19 for Cleveland.

The Cavaliers, who have been dealing with injuries all season, suffered another one as forward Cedi Osman went out in the first half with a right ankle injury and did not return.

Due to the trade, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle had only nine dressed players.

Fortunately, one of them was Doncic, who sat out Thursday's game in Detroit with a sore left ankle.

Doncic scored 18 points in the first quarter, when he became the sixth player since 2000 to score 1,000 points before turning 20. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Devin Booker and Dwight Howard did it before Doncic, who will be 20 on Feb. 28.

Doncic finished the first half with 28 points, 10 in the final 3:56 after the Mavericks went more than six minutes without a field goal.

However, it was Brunson and Barnes who had the bigger impact in the second half. Shortly after replacing Doncic, Brunson converted a 4-point play with 8:56 left and Barnes made his 3s, the last giving Dallas a 106-91 lead with 4:34 left.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki received nice ovations each time he checked in or out. The 40-year-old has not officially announced his retirement, but Cleveland fans showed their love to one of the NBA's most popular players. ... Carlisle hopes Hall of Fame voters recognize the accomplishments of former NBA coach Bill Fitch, whom he called "a master" with "staggering accomplishments." Fitch won 944 games over 25 seasons, but Carlisle believes he doesn't get enough credit for rebuilding several franchises, including the Cavaliers. Fitch gave Carlisle his coaching start, hiring him after cutting him with the Nets.

Cavaliers: Rookie G Collin Sexton shot 4 of 17. ... Coach Larry Drew doesn't expect F Kevin Love to return for Tuesday's game against Boston. Love hasn't played since Oct. 24 following left foot surgery. Love began participating in contact scrimmages this week. ... G David Nwaba returned after missing 18 games with a sprained left ankle. He scored 12 points in 15 minutes. ... It was a doubleheader of sorts for three Cleveland players -- G Kobi Simmons, F Deng Adel and F Jarod Blossomgame -- who were on the floor earlier in the day as the G League Canton Charge hosted the Windy City Bulls.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Host Boston on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Acquire Porzingis in Blockbuster Trade]]>505155231Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:12:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/porzingisdsjusatsi.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks have agreed to a trade that includes Dallas acquiring All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee.

The Mavericks will send Dennis Smith, Jr., Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two future first round draft picks in the deal.

Porizingis has averaged 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in his career, but has not played this season after tearing his ACL in February of 2018. The Liepaja, Latvia native was the fourth overall selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Smith, Jr. was the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in his 101 career games in Dallas.



Photo Credit: Ali Thanawalla]]>
<![CDATA[Pistons Edge Short-Handed Mavericks 93-89]]>505173661Thu, 31 Jan 2019 21:38:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1126569438.jpg

Andre Drummond had 24 points and 20 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 93-89 on Thursday night.

Before the game, the Mavericks traded Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews to the New York Knicks in a seven-player deal . Dallas acquired Kristaps Porzingis, but for this game the Mavericks were significantly undermanned. In addition to the players they dealt, they also were without star rookie Luka Doncic, who sat out with left ankle soreness.

Detroit still had its problems with the depleted Mavericks, falling behind by 14 in the first half. The Pistons were down 74-65 in the fourth before going on a 14-4 run. The game was close the rest of the way.

Up by three, Detroit fouled Jalen Brunson with 5.4 seconds left. Brunson made the first free throw and missed the second, and Drummond came up with the rebound and was fouled. A 53 percent free throw shooter on the season before the game, Drummond calmly made both shots to seal the win.

MILESTONES

Blake Griffin had 24 points for Detroit and finished with 445 in January, the highest-scoring month in team history. The previous record was held by Isiah Thomas, who had 442 points in March 1983.

Drummond passed Bill Laimbeer to become the Pistons' career leader in offensive rebounds.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas has lost four of five. ... The Mavericks fell to 1-8 in the second half of back-to-backs.

Pistons: Reggie Jackson had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Pistons: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.



Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk, Doncic Help Mavs Rout Knicks at Madison Square Garden]]>505117562Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:30:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-1126312055.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 14 points in what might have been his final appearance at Madison Square Garden, Luka Doncic warmed up after an airball on his first shot in the arena to score 16, and the Dallas Mavericks routed the New York Knicks 114-90 on Wednesday night.

Dennis Smith Jr. had his second career triple-double, and Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points, but most of the focus was on the team's star rookie and 21-year veteran, who may be in his final season.

Doncic also grabbed eight rebounds and made two 3-pointers, both in the fourth quarter after the game was long secured.

He shot airballs on two of his first four attempts and wasn't nearly as good as in his previous game, when he scored a season-high 35 points Sunday against Toronto, becoming the first teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles.

Then again, he didn't need to do nearly as much against the team with the NBA's worst record. The Knicks (10-40) lost their 11th in a row, though at least gave home fans something to cheer by giving Enes Kanter some playing time.

They also cheered Nowitzki when he walked toward the table to check in late in the first quarter, and stood and cheered when he got into the game. Nowitzki made his first three shots for nine points in seven minutes, then didn't come back on again until the fourth quarter, when he nailed another 3.

Kevin Knox scored 17 points and Trey Burke had 16 for the Knicks, while Kanter had five points in nine minutes.

Fans began chanting "We want Kanter! We want Kanter!" in the third quarter. He waved from the bench and clapped along, then was actually inserted into the game a few minutes later, ending the former starting center's streak of four straight games where he didn't play. He kissed the Knicks logo at center court when he walked onto the floor.

Kanter's first shot was an airball before he got on the board with a dunk.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki came in averaging 24.9 points in 17 games at MSG, his highest average in a road arena. ... Smith finished with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

Knicks: The Knicks finished 1-12 in January. They were 2-12 in December. ... Tim Hardaway Jr. was 2 for 11 for six points.

COACH DIRK

Nowitzki will be the honorary coach of the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge, adding to his busy All-Star weekend in Charlotte in which he will also take part in the 3-point contest. Asked about playing for Nowitzki, Doncic joked that he was going to try to change teams.

"I told him he's got to play hard or I'm going to sub him out," Nowitzki said. "I'm going to be tough on him. I'm going to teach him a lesson."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Detroit on Thursday.

Knicks: Host Boston on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Sarah Stier/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Should the Mavs Pursue Blake Griffin?]]>505054612Tue, 29 Jan 2019 18:59:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Blake+Griffin_2019-01-29-18-42-57.jpg

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin could be the next NBA superstar to demand a trade. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs weighs the pros and cons of the Dallas Mavericks pursuing the five-time All-Star.]]>
<![CDATA[Newy: Doncic Deserves Spot in All-Star Game]]>504955362Sun, 27 Jan 2019 23:18:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Luka_2019-01-27-23-12-12.jpg

Luka Doncic notched the second triple-double of his career in the Mavericks’ 123-120 loss to the Raptors. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why the 19-year-old rookie phenom deserves a spot in the NBA All-Star Game.]]>
<![CDATA[Doncic's Triple-Double Not Enough, as Raptors Top Mavs]]>504951452Sun, 27 Jan 2019 23:21:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/201*120/AP_19028049640195_opt.jpg

Even as a 19-year-old rookie, Dallas' Luka Doncic continues to make his case for an NBA All-Star spot.

Kawhi Leonard is already one, and came through to spoil Doncic's career-best game Sunday night.

Leonard, voted last week to start the All-Star Game for the third time, scored 33 points to help the Toronto Raptors overcome a triple-double from the Dallas rookie in a 123-120 win over the Mavericks.

Doncic, who will turn 20 on Feb. 28, finished with a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first teenager in NBA history with two triple-doubles.

However, he and his teammates faltered down the stretch, losing a seven-point, fourth-quarter lead after coming back from 12 down at halftime.

"For me, what matters is the victory," Doncic said. "(The triple-double) was special for sure, but it would be even more if we got the win."

Pascal Siakam's three-point play snapped a 108-all tie with 3:56 remaining as the Raptors recovered from a poor third quarter and a 92-85 deficit early in the fourth.

Danny Green's floater in the lane extended Toronto's lead to 116-112 with 1:34 remaining. Harrison Barnes missed two critical free throws for the Mavericks, and Leonard scored on a driving lay-up and then converted a free throw after a turnover by Doncic. The Raptors iced the game at the line.

Leonard credited the team's switch to a zone defense in the fourth quarter to help slow the Mavs down.

"I think it just helps us communicate more," Leonard said. "We're not too consistent in communicating when we're guarding man to man, but the zone it makes us talk and make us get into positions to be in the help spots."

Kyle Lowry scored 19 points for Toronto and Siakam had 14.

Trailing 70-58 at the half, Dallas turned the game around by outscoring Toronto 30-15 in the third quarter, one in which the Raptors missed their first 10 shots enroute to making only 4 of 19 field goals. Toronto was also assessed four technical fouls in the quarter -- three for defensive 3-second violations.

"The third quarter, we got stagnant." Leonard said. "Our defense got stagnant."

MAKING HIS CASE
Doncic came in second to LeBron James in the fan voting for All-Star starters in the Western Conference but was not selected as a starter once media and player votes were counted. He once again turned the fourth quarter into a case for his inclusion, scoring 13 points, including a coast-to-coast dunk that gave Dallas a 99-93 lead.

When the Raptors pulled to 101-99, Doncic answered with a long 3 to reach 30 points for the sixth time this season. Doncic got his 10th assist to complete the triple-double by feeding DeAndre Jordan for an alley-oop dunk with 3:29 left in the fourth.

"We couldn't get him out of rhythm because he was low and strong and crossing over," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. "Then, with a burst he was into the paint. And when we did get enough help there, he'd hang in the air until the last second and throw that incredible two-handed pass out to the right corner. He's something else."

WINNING AT THE LINES
The Raptors made 17 of 34 3s to the Mavericks' 11 for 36. And despite playing on the road, Toronto converted 32 of 38 free throws, while Dallas shot 23 of 34.

Every Mavericks player who attempted at least one free throw missed one, and even Dirk Nowitzki, a career 88 percent shooter from the stripe, missed 2 of 3.

"We certainly have guys that are capable of making free throws," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's a bit of an uncharacteristic thing."

TIP-INS
Raptors: Leonard has scored 20 or more points in 22 straight games but has been inactive eight times during his scoring streak.

Mavericks: Barnes scored 14 for the Mavericks and Dennis Smith Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith had 13 each. ... Wesley Matthews became the first undrafted player in NBA history -- and 31st overall -- to make 1,500 3-pointers when he hit his second of the game with 5:36 left in the first quarter. ... Smith received a technical foul in the first quarter when, after scoring a lay-up over a Serge Ibaka, flexed his muscles over the fallen Raptors player.

UP NEXT
Raptors: Host Milwaukee on Thursday night in a matchup of the East's top two teams.

Mavericks: At New York on Wednesday night to open a three-game trip.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic's 32, Kleber's Late 3 Lift Mavs Over Pistons]]>504900921Sun, 27 Jan 2019 22:43:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1085396282.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 32 points, Maxi Kleber hit a go-ahead 3-pointer after blocking a shot by Blake Griffin and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 106-101 on Friday night.

Griffin scored 35 for his eighth 30-point game in the past 11, but couldn't put the Pistons in front when trying to back down Kleber. After Griffin's attempt to save the ball inbounds was collected by Doncic, the 19-year-old rookie found Kleber alone at the 3-point line for a 100-97 lead.

During the subsequent timeout, the Pistons lost two points when Andre Drummond's basket more than two minutes earlier was overturned on review by a shot-clock violation.

Detroit had a chance to tie again when Stanley Johnson missed a 3-pointer, and DeAndre Jordan dunked over fellow 6-foot-11 center Drummond for the second time, this one on an assist from Doncic, who had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Kleber's fourth and final block came on a dunk attempt by Drummond, and Doncic hit a fadeaway jumper for his fifth 30-point game and a 104-97 lead with 1:18 remaining. Dallas took the first of two meetings in a week between teams that came in with matching 21-26 records.

Drummond, who returned after missing three games while in the concussion protocol, got the better of Jordan in the battle of the NBA's top two rebounders and two of the league leaders in double-doubles, but Jordan made the clutch plays late.

Detroit's big man had 23 points and 15 rebounds for his 37th double-double, while Jordan scored 13 points with 11 boards for his 30th double-double.

Griffin finished his scoring with a spectacular dunk in the final minute, but after a miss by Doncic, the Pistons were too slow trying to get a shot. Reggie Jackson's missed 3 with less five seconds remaining secured Dallas' 18th win in 24 home games.

Dennis Smith Jr., in his second game back with Dallas after a week away from the team amid trade talk, scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter. Kleber finished with 12 points.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Griffin scored 15 straight points in the second quarter before a put-back dunk by Drummond. ... Jackson was the other double-figure scorer with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting and had nine assists.

Mavericks: Maxi Kleber made his first three 3s in the first half and finished 4 of 7 from long range. ... The Mavericks were more accurate on 3-pointers than free throws in the first half, going 9 of 20 from long range (45 percent) and 5 of 13 from the line (39 percent). ... Dirk Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with just one franchise, didn't score in 10 minutes.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Detroit returns home trying to avoid a four-game season sweep by Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Mavericks: Toronto at home on Sunday in the second of seven straight games against Eastern Conference teams.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Luka-Mania' Fuels Mavs' Apparel Sales Boost]]>504884012Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:04:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka.jpg

At the Dallas Mavericks "Hangar" team store in the American Airlines Center, evidence of "Luka-mania" is everywhere.

"We're ordering Doncic items by the thousands," said Mavericks vice president of merchandise and brand identity Alison Panasik. "He is truly an international sensation."

The 19-year old rookie is playing like an All-Star and selling merchandise like a superstar.

"For NBAStore.com he's the second-highest selling player behind only LeBron (James)," said Panasik. "For us in the arena, he makes up 25 percent of our overall Dallas Mavericks business, and he's 50 percent of our player business."

Since Doncic's arrival last spring, the Llubljana, Slovenia, native has also dramatically increased DallasMavs.shop's international sales to the point the organization is renegotiating its overseas shipment strategy. Simply put, the Mavericks are ready to capitalize on just about anything Luka.

"We have a 'Luka-mania' t-shirt coming, a 'Luka magic' shirt too," said Panasik. "We also have rookie of the year gear coming, because we're pretty sure he's going to win rookie of the year."

Rookie of the year gear that can serve as a reminder that while "Luka-mania" is in full swing in Dallas, it is still just getting started.



Photo Credit: Pat Doney]]>
<![CDATA[Smith Returns as Starter, Mavericks Hold Off Clippers]]>504732861Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:33:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dennis-Smith-Getty-012219.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. had 17 points and eight rebounds in his return after a week away from the team amid trade talk, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-98 on Tuesday night.

Smith had two of his four assists on a layup and alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter for DeAndre Jordan, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in his third game against the team with which the 6-foot-11 center from Texas spent his first 10 seasons.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic, whose sudden emergence has clouded Smith's future in just his second season with the Mavericks, matched Smith with 17 points, including a key jumper with Dallas hanging on to a late lead in just its third win in 10 games.

Patrick Beverley scored 16 points while Avery Bradley and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for the Clippers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games coming off a win in San Antonio that ended a season-long five-game losing streak.

Harrison Barnes stopped a recent 3-point shooting slump by making three of five from long range, including one for the biggest Dallas lead at nine points with less than a minute remaining. Barnes led Dallas with 20 points.

The Clippers missed 16 straight shots in the second half, including their last 15 of the third quarter. But they still led 88-83 in the fourth before going 4 of 16 to finish the game. They shot 36 percent overall.

Smith and Doncic shared the floor for the final 2:14, with Smith starting that stretch with a long pass to Jordan for the dunk. Soon after, Doncic worked methodically for a jumper for a 101-93 lead with 1:22 to go.

The 21-year-old Smith had missed six straight games. The first three were listed as back tightness, but the last three were officially for illness as trade talk percolated. He missed a two-game road trip and was away from the team for its most recent home game last Wednesday.

The Clippers finished the third quarter shooting 17 percent (4 of 23). Despite the woeful shooting, they were tied at 73-all before Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer and Devin Harris had a driving layup for a 78-73 Dallas lead going to the fourth.

Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with the same franchise, made two of four from long range and finished with eight points. The 40-year-old played 10 minutes, right on his season average.

TIP-INS
Clippers: Williams returned after missing two games with a hamstring issue. He was 5 of 16 from the field, including 1 of 6 from 3. ... Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari missed his second straight game with back spasms.

Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews was 1 of 4 from 3-point range and needs two more from long range to become the first undrafted player with 1,500 career 3-pointers. ... Doncic and Smith struggled from long range, combining to go 1 of 14 with several shots that missed the rim. ... Doncic had seven rebounds and six assists.

UP NEXT
Clippers: At Miami on Wednesday, with LA trying to avoid getting swept in two-game season series for second straight year.

Mavericks: Both of this season's meetings with the Pistons are in the coming week, Friday in Dallas and Jan. 31 in Detroit.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Smith Back With Mavericks, Starts Against Clippers in Return]]>504731071Tue, 22 Jan 2019 21:56:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_dennis_smith_investigation_1200x675_1168939587891.jpg

Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith has returned after a week away from the team amid trade rumors, and with the second-year player's role in question because of the emergence of rookie sensation Luka Doncic.

Smith started against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night after missing a two-game road trip. He was also away from the team for what was termed an illness for the Mavericks' previous home game against San Antonio last Wednesday.

Rick Carlisle wouldn't get into reasons for Smith's absence Tuesday. But the coach did acknowledge during his radio show last week that he believed Smith was being told to stay away from the team amid the trade talk.

While Smith was the unquestioned starting point guard as a rookie last season, injuries and his uncertain role based on Doncic's surge changed things suddenly for the 21-year-old. Like Doncic, he was a 19-year-old drafted in the top 10. Smith went ninth overall in 2017. Doncic was the third overall pick last year.

Although Doncic has a chance to be an All-Star as a rookie and just became the second-youngest to record a triple-double, the Mavericks had lost seven of nine games before facing the Clippers.

The last four of those -- all losses -- came after backup point guard J.J. Barea was lost for the season because of a torn Achilles tendon. Smith missed six of those games, the first three with back tightness before the reason switched to illness as the trade chatter percolated.

"With him and Barea out, we definitely had been missing what he brings to the game in terms of speed, athleticism, those kinds of things," Carlisle said before the Clippers game. "We're happy to have him back."

Smith went through pre-game shooting work and didn't appear in the locker room when it was open to reporters. Since Doncic's reputation as a facilitator has proven to be true in his first half-season, the question of how he and Smith can fit has become a bigger issue.

Carlisle said he considered Smith a starter. Although Smith has missed 18 games, most of those because of a right wrist sprain, he has started every time he's been available.

Asked to compare Doncic to Larry Bird during the Mavericks' most recent road trip, Carlisle said Doncic was a point guard. Doncic is Dallas' leading scorer at 20 points per game.

"Technically speaking, Luka's two and Dennis is one on our numbers," Carlisle said. "But we have two point guards. That's the beauty of it. In today's game, you've got to have two dynamic playmakers. When you go down a playmaker like Barea for the year and you miss Smith for several games, you're going to feel it."

Smith's scoring average is down to 12.6 points per game from 15.2 points as a rookie. His assists have dropped to 3.9 per game from 5.2 as a rookie.

"This is an important step," Carlisle said. "We just want to get him out on the court and get back to it."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[NBA Fines Mavs' Dončić for Kicking Ball Into Stands]]>504703791Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:15:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1085406062.jpg

The NBA is fining Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić $10,000 for kicking the game ball into the stands Saturday in Indiana.

NBA EVP Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine Tuesday morning.

After the kick, Dončić received his second technical foul of the game and was ejected with three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Mavs went on to lose 111-99.

The rookie rebounded nicely in the next game, Monday vs the Bucks, when he became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double (the first in his short career). The Mavs, unfortunately, still lost 116-106.



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<![CDATA[Giannis' Dunk Wins Round 1 Against Luka]]>504688732Tue, 22 Jan 2019 06:11:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doncicfallap.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic never really squared off in their first head-to-head matchup, with the enormous exception of one game-deciding moment.

The established All-Star drove the lane.

The rising All-Star had no chance to stop him.

There will be plenty of Giannis vs. Luka moments before their NBA careers are all said and done, but the first one came on Monday and it absolutely went Antetokounmpo's way. His dunk over Doncic with 2:50 left was a punctuation mark of sorts in Milwaukee's 116-106 win over Dallas, a game that featured a top international candidate for MVP this season against the very likely international rookie of the year.

Antetokounmpo finished the dunk with a stare-down of Doncic. If there was a message in there, Antetokounmpo wasn't saying.

"Just a dunk," Antetokounmpo said. "It was a momentum play."

Doncic — to the 19 year-old's credit — was poised enough afterward to acknowledge that he's still got a lot of room to grow before he consistently gets to Antetokounmpo's level.

"He's a great, great player," Doncic said. "He's talked (about as) an MVP of this league. He's becoming one of the best players in this league."

The dunk didn't certify that.

But it did ensure the game didn't slip away.

Antetokounmpo led everybody with 31 points, and grabbed 15 rebounds. Doncic became the second teenager in NBA history with a triple-double -- finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists -- and still wasn't impressed with himself, because it came in a loss and in a game in which he shot 6 for 17 from the floor.

"A triple-double from a rookie is pretty impressive," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

The Bucks gave Antetokounmpo a quick rest with about 5 minutes left in the fourth, up by 11.

A minute later, Dallas was within six. Thus ending the rest and setting the stage for the monster dunk.

Milwaukee called time to get Antetokounmpo back into the game, and moments later he found Malcolm Brogdon on an impressive pass from the high post for a reverse layup. Doncic got Brogdon -- a tough defender -- to bite on a shot fake and turned that into a three-point play with 3:05 left, only to have Antetokounmpo drive the lane for the over-Doncic slam on the ensuing Milwaukee possession.

Game over. There was time left, but the dunk sealed this one.

"I am happy for my triple-double," Doncic said. "But I would prefer the win for sure."

He'll have plenty more chances, and odds are, the world will be watching many of them. Greece and Slovenia are allies, officially, but Antetokounmpo won Round 1 of this basketball showdown. He prevailed despite Doncic's triple-double -- that came with him at 19 years, 327 days old, just 10 days older than Markelle Fultz was when he had one last season.

And their starry matchup that could be must-see TV for years to come was one of many international ties in this one.

Dirk Nowitzki -- drafted by the Bucks 21 years ago, part of the prearranged deal worked out for Milwaukee to choose him and send him to the Mavs for Robert "Tractor" Traylor -- was available for Dallas, but didn't play. Doncic is making daily headlines in Slovenia. Greek fans tweeted about Antetokounmpo sharing the floor during a pregame workout with his brother, Mavs rookie Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is still waiting to make his in-game NBA debut.

"It's great that they get a chance to be in the same building, both in uniform for opposing teams," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "I think it must really be a nice thing for Giannis to have his little brother there, so it's pretty cool."

The brothers chatted in courtside seats about 90 minutes before the game, posed for some photos, then left the arena together along with their mother.

"I wish I'd played against him," Giannis Antetokounmpo said. "But those few moments that we spent before the game and during the game and after the game, they were amazing."

James Harden's scoring tear of late for Houston might have him back on top in the MVP race, but Antetokounmpo is still right there. He illustrates where the NBA game is now: As on-court schemes change, the European players are feeling more at home half a world away from their homelands. Antetokounmpo is a chiseled product who seems to still be getting better. Doncic arrived polished, but hardly is done developing.

The Bucks belong to Giannis. Soon, if not already, the Mavs will belong to Luka.

"It has been fun to be a part of," said Nowitzki, who hails from Germany. "It's fun to watch some of the European guys come in and not only be on the team, but be franchise players and go-to guys. It has been amazing to watch."

Odds are, the next Giannis-Luka moment will be amazing as well.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Antetokounmpo Has 31 Points as Bucks Beat Mavericks]]>504669971Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:52:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Giannis-Antetokounmpo-Getty-012119.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks' offense as usual Monday, with a little help from Brook Lopez's blossoming long-range shooting.

On the other end of the floor, Lopez helped Milwaukee clamp down in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Lopez had five blocks and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106.

"We have a lot of firepower offensively," Lopez said. "But we definitely make our money and get our bread on the defensive end. That's what really identifies this team."

Lopez has 11 blocked shots in the past two games.

"His reads and his decision-making defensively are really, really good," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He's just getting better and better as the season goes on. He's getting more aggressive."

Milwaukee has won five straight and 12 of 14 to improve to 34-12 overall. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points, and Malcolm Brogdon had 19. The 7-foot Lopez added four 3-pointers

Luka Doncic had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Dallas, which has lost four in a row. Jalen Brunson had 16 points.

Doncic, a rookie, had his first career triple-double despite making just 6 of 17 shots.

"I didn't play good at all," Doncic said. "I missed some shots that I shouldn't miss."

After trailing at the half, the Bucks built a double-digit lead in the third quarter and led 92-84 heading to the fourth. The game turned late in the third quarter when the Mavericks' Dwight Powell was ejected after being whistled for a pair of technical fouls following Sterling Brown's corner 3-pointer. Brogdon made both technical foul shots to give Milwaukee a nine-point lead.

Powell thought he was held while going for a rebound, which prompted the outburst, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

"He talked to me and the team about it and he's very sorry that he got thrown out," Carlisle said. "In a game like this, you need all your guys, especially a mobile big man."

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Carlisle called a timeout one minute into the game after Dallas fell behind 4-0. ... DeAndre Jordan started after spraining his left ankle in Saturday night's game against Indiana and only taking part in the walkthrough portion of Sunday's practice.

Bucks: Brogdon delivered brief on-court remarks about Martin Luther King prior to tip-off. ... Lopez blocked three shots in the first quarter after rejecting four first-quarter shots against Orlando on Saturday. ... Milwaukee recalled Christian Wood from the Wisconsin Herd of the G League. On Saturday, Wood scored 24 points and pulled down a Herd franchise-record 23 rebounds.

HEY BROTHER
Antetokounmpo suited up against his younger brother, Kostas, for the first time in the NBA. Kostas is with Dallas on a two-way contract and joined the Mavericks on this road trip after spending most of the season in the G League. Kostas was on the bench but did not play. "I had mixed feelings when he was doing something good," Kostas said about watching his brother.

SMITH RETURNING
The Mavs will be rejoined by guard Dennis Smith Jr. on Tuesday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith didn't play Monday, his sixth consecutive game missed and the 16th time he hasn't played in Dallas' last 24 contests. Smith and Carlisle spoke Sunday, and from there it was revealed that Smith, who has been a rumored trade possibility, will resume workouts.

NOWITZKI FAREWELL
It's possible that Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who was drafted by the Bucks in 1998, made his final trip to Milwaukee as a player. Milwaukee traded Nowitzki in a prearranged draft-night deal -- the Bucks talked Dallas into taking Robert Traylor with the No. 6 pick on their behalf, then took Nowitzki for the Mavs three spots later. A 13-time All-Star, Nowitzki has played at Milwaukee 16 times in his career but didn't appear Monday. It's unclear if Nowitzki will play next season.

"He is one of the most incredible players," Budenholzer said. "He's created more nightmares for game plans. He's just a great humble, normal, hard-working guy."

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Bucks: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Pacers Defense Shuts Down Doncic, Mavs]]>504607941Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:54:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1085396282.jpg

Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-99 on Saturday night.

Indiana (30-15) has won three of four to become the sixth team in the league to reach 30 wins.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points for Dallas (20-25), and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 16 rebounds. But the Mavericks were unable to overcome a lackluster performance by rookie star Luke Doncic.

The 6-foot-7 forward scored eight points -- his fewest in more than a month -- and was ejected for the first time after drawing a second technical with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

Without Doncic, the Mavs never seriously challenged again in their third consecutive loss.

Indiana seized control midway through the second quarter, and then reasserted itself after Doncic's ejection by closing out the third quarter on an 8-3 run to make it 84-69.

Dallas closed to 92-83 on Devin Harris' layup with 8:28 to play, but Indiana answered with a 13-5 spurt to seal the victory.

Doncic was 3 of 14 from the field. He also had six assists and five rebounds.

Darren Collison had 16 points for Indiana, and Victor Oladipo finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews had 17 points. ... Doncic had his worst shooting performance and scoring total since Dec. 10. He was trying to become the first rookie to score 25 points in six straight games since Tim Duncan in February 1998 and the first rookie to record 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in five consecutive games since Michael Jordan did it twice in 1984-85. ... Jordan has 27 double-doubles this season. ... Pacers fans gave Dirk Nowitzki a standing ovation when he re-entered the game with 2:59 to go -- after chanting "We Want Dirk."

Pacers: Coach Nate McMillan moved within one victory of tying Jim O'Brien (121) for No. 9 on the Pacers' NBA victory list. McMillan needs two wins to become the 26th coach in league history with 600 wins. ... Indiana hasn't lost back-to-back games since Dec. 18-19. ... Sabonis had 12 points and nine rebounds in 14 minutes in the first half. ... Indiana is 20-1 when scoring 110 or more points.

BASKETBALL DAY IN INDIANA

Saturday's game capped a daylong celebration of basketball around the state of Indiana.

The 14-hour marathon featured two high school games played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, three additional high school games that were televised, the Indiana-Purdue game in West Lafayette and the St. John's-Butler game a few miles away from the Pacers-Mavs game. It was the Pacers' latest installment of the Hickory night promotion that celebrates the movie "Hoosiers."

In addition, Indiana State held a reunion honoring the 40th anniversary of its national runner-up team, which featured Hall of Famer Larry Bird.

It's the third consecutive year the event has been held.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Head to Milwaukee for an afternoon game Monday.

Pacers: Complete this back-to-back by hosting Charlotte on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Spurs Rally from 19 Down, Beat Mavs 105-101]]>504465502Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:12:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Davis Bertans hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-101 on Wednesday night.

The Spurs blew a six-point lead in the final period, but Bertans made his third 3-pointer of the quarter for a 99-96 lead and San Antonio led the rest of the way.

Bertans finished with 12 points. Six Spurs scored at least 12 points, led by Marco Belinelli's 17.

After Bertans' 3, LaMarcus Aldridge scored on a tip shot with 1:07 left to extend the lead to five. Wesley Matthews' 3 brought Dallas within two, but DeMar DeRozan hit a 20-footer at the other end and Belinelli sealed it with free throws.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists. He became the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to score 25 or more points in five straight games.

After trailing by 19 during the first half, San Antonio tied it at 80 on Belinelli's driving layup with 11:06 to play. DeRozan gave the Spurs their first lead 27 seconds later, setting up a three-minute stretch in which the lead changed hands seven times.

DeRozan hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers for a 94-90 lead, and he fed Aldridge for a dunk that extended the Spurs' advantage to six. Doncic answered with two baskets and an alley-oop pass to DeAndre Jordan that tied it.

Doncic's most impressive stretch came in the middle of the third quarter.

Trailing by double digits from the opening minutes of the game, the Spurs opened the second half on a 12-6 run to get within 62-57. Doncic then almost single-handedly kept Dallas in the lead for the rest of the quarter, scoring or assisting on the Mavs' next 12 points to help Dallas maintain a five-point lead going into the fourth.

Dallas has lost five of seven, and three of its last four at home after losing only three of its first 18 at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks are also 0-6 in games without J.J. Barea, who is out for the season after Achilles tendon surgery.

The Mavericks led 23-4 early and made seven 3-pointers in the first quarter. San Antonio closed within 56-45 at halftime by ending the half on a 17-9 run.

SMITH OUT AGAIN

Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth consecutive game amid trade rumors, this time with coach Rick Carlisle saying Smith was sick and away from the arena. Smith missed the previous three games with what was listed as back tightness.

Told of a Twitter exchange between Smith and a couple in a restaurant at lunch earlier in the day, Carlisle said, "I don't have any knowledge of that. My trainer told me he was sick and he's going to be out tonight. I've told you what I'm going to tell you about it."

TIP-INS

Spurs: Rudy Gay returned to the starting lineup after missing the last five games with a sprained left wrist, scoring 14 points. Belinelli came back after missing one game with a left knee contusion.

Mavericks: The team sold out its 700th consecutive regular-season game, dating to Dec. 15, 2001. ... Matthews became the sixth player in Mavericks history to make 600 3-pointers when he drained one at 9:06 of the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At Minnesota on Friday.

Mavericks: At Indiana on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Guard J.J. Barea Undergoes Surgery on Achilles Tear]]>504319601Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:43:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1038540652.jpg

Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea underwent surgery to repair the rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced Monday morning

In a news release, the team says the surgery was performed at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas.

The injury happened in the fourth quarter of a 199-115 victory at Minnesota Friday night.

The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists as a key part of the second unit for Dallas. The injury is likely to mean a significant increase in playing time for rookie Jalen Brunson, a two-time NCAA champion at Villanova and second-round draft pick.

Barea is in his second stint with the Mavericks after being a catalyst for Dallas' rally from a 2-1 deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami. The Mavericks won the franchise's only title in six games.

There is no timetable for his return to play as of writing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Curry Scores 48, Hits 11 3s as Warriors Beat Mavs]]>504302711Sun, 13 Jan 2019 21:51:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephen-Curry-Getty-011319.jpg

Stephen Curry scored 48 points, making 11 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Dallas Mavericks 119-114 Sunday night.

Kevin Durant added 28 points for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson had nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter as the Warriors received a valiant battle from a Dallas team playing without its top two point guards.

Curry's 11th 3-pointer of the game --tying a season-high -- gave the Warriors a 117-114 lead after a see-saw fourth quarter.

Draymond Green blocked Jalen Brunson's drive at the other end and secured the loose ball. The Mavericks forced a miss, but Harrison Barnes turned the ball over in the frontcourt with 5 seconds left. Curry sealed the game with free throws.

Luka Doncic scored 26 points for Dallas and Barnes had 22. Brunson had 12 off the bench in 30 minutes, in place of the injured J.J. Barea and Dennis Smith Jr.

Devin Harris gave Dallas its first lead since the second quarter with a driving layup to make it 105-103 with 5:29 remaining. Harris followed that with a 3 for a five-point lead, capping an 11-0 run.

Curry tied it at 114 with a floater in the lane with 1:39 to play, and Doncic missed a 3 at the other end, setting up Curry's winner. Dallas missed its final eight shots from the field.

Golden State had a 10-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Doncic's 3 started a 7-0 run to pull the Mavs within 80-77. Doncic hit another 3 from well behind the line to close the quarter and cut the Warriors' lead to 92-88.

Curry had 16 points and Durant nine in the first quarter for all of Golden State's 25 points.

The Warriors trailed 29-25 after one but closed the first half on a 22-10 run to lead 62-54 into the break. Curry and Durant combined to score 16 of Golden State's last 18 points in the half.

BAREA TO HAVE SURGERY MONDAY
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Barea would have surgery Monday to repair his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Barea suffered the injury in the fourth quarter Friday night against Minnesota and is out for the season.

"It's gut-wrenching for all of us," Carlisle said. "I really do believe that he will be back. He's truly one of the most resourceful players in Mavericks history."

Barea was averaging nearly 11 points and six assists per game.

Barea's long-time teammate Harris, who will likely see more ball-handling responsibilities on the second unit, said, "It's tough to lose on him. He does so much for our team. It's not one guy in particular that can replace that. It's going to have to be a group effort."

TIP-INS
Warriors: Before taking questions before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Barea, calling him "one of my favorite players to watch." Kerr added, "His story is amazing. You hate to see anybody go down, but JJ, especially just the way he competes, the way he carries himself."

Mavericks: Smith missed his third straight game with back tightness. . Carlisle received a technical foul with 49 seconds left in the second quarter, courtesy of referee Ed Malloy following the coach's animated response to a non-call on a play Carlisle thought was a Warriors foul.

UP NEXT
Warriors: At Denver on Tuesday in a matchup of the Western Conference's top two teams.

Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Guard J.J. Barea Sustains Season-Ending Achilles Tear]]>504274081Sat, 12 Jan 2019 21:41:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JJ-Barea-Getty-011219.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have lost an important piece in their push for a return to respectability with guard J.J. Barea's season-ending Achilles injury.

Barea tore his right Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of a 119-115 victory at Minnesota on Friday night. The team said Saturday that Barea was weighing his options for surgery.

The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists as a key part of the second unit for Dallas. The injury is likely to mean a significant increase in playing time for rookie Jalen Brunson, a two-time NCAA champion at Villanova and second-round draft pick.

Barea is in his second stint with the Mavericks after being a catalyst for Dallas' rally from a 2-1 deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami. The Mavericks won the franchise's only title in six games.

Boosted by a sensational rookie season so far from third overall pick Luka Doncic, the Mavericks are seeking a return to the playoffs after falling out of the race early and finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference the past two seasons.

Losing the trusty veteran presence of Barea won't help. He was a big part of what made Dallas deeper than it has been in several years, with his pick-and-roll ability and playmaking in the lane helping the offense's efficiency.

Barea was technically the backup to starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr., although the 21-year-old in his second season has missed 14 games, mostly with a right wrist sprain.

Smith's absence has made the versatile 19-year-old Doncic the starter at the point. Once Smith is healthy, Barea's injury could increase his presence in the rotation.

There's no question Brunson will get more opportunities after his role has varied widely through the first half of the season. While he has spent most of the season in the rotation, he's had stretches where he played sparingly or not at all.

After Barea's injury, Brunson hit a big 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves before Doncic scored seven straight Dallas points, the last on a 3 that put the Mavericks ahead for good with 23 seconds left.

The injury to Barea came against the only other team for which the native of Puerto Rico has played.

He signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Timberwolves after winning the title with the Mavericks. Barea returned to Dallas after agreeing to a buyout of the final year of the deal with Minnesota. He's in the final season of a four-year contract with the Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Leads Mavs Past Timberwolves]]>504262591Sat, 12 Jan 2019 08:44:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-1092242530.jpg

Luka Doncic nearly recorded a triple-double, falling just two rebounds short. The final score was the only set of numbers he was focused on.

Doncic scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-115 on Friday night, spoiling rookie coach Ryan Saunders' home debut.

Doncic, who helped secure the win by scoring seven of Dallas' final nine points, also finished with 12 assists and eight rebounds.

"I don't care about that," Doncic said of nearly getting the triple-double. "We've just got to win. That's all that matters."

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points, while JJ Barea and Dwight Powell came off the bench to score 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Mavericks. Dallas (20-22) had entered the game 4-11 in its previous 15 games and was 3-18 on the road.

"We showed a lot of resilience," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Tough game, tough crowd. The road's been a challenge for us all year. I loved the way we hung in. I really did."

Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves (20-22), who were playing their first home game since Saunders was named interim coach.

Taj Gibson gave Minnesota the lead at 115-114 with a tip-in of Jeff Teague's miss with 35.7 seconds left. But with 22.9 to play, Doncic hit a pull-up 3 to put the Mavericks ahead for good.

"That's what he does so far for us," Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki said. "He's been a great closer for us."

Derrick Rose scored 21 points for Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins added 17 and Josh Okogie hit a season-high four 3s, finishing with 15 points.

The Timberwolves trailed most of the game after shooting only 36.4 percent from the floor in the first half. But a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter tied the game. And with 1:41, left Towns gave Minnesota its first lead since the first quarter with a jump hook.

"We played the tempo we wanted in the second half, got ourselves back in the game, played well," Towns said. "Just some things didn't go our way throughout the night and it led to our demise. We also hurt ourselves, too."

Doncic took over down the stretch. Before the winning 3, he hit a tough runner and put down a dunk in traffic. All three gave the Mavericks the lead and all three came in the final 1:28.

"He's a talent," Saunders said. "Big-time players make big-time plays. He made one tonight and we're feeling it."

Saunders, who received a loud ovation from the Target Center crowd before the game, took over as coach after Tom Thibodeau was relieved of his duties Sunday. He won his first game in charge Tuesday at Oklahoma City. Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, the winningest coach in Timberwolves history. A banner hangs in the Target Center rafters in honor of Flip Saunders, who died in 2015.

"Obviously, disappointing, especially in front of the home crowd," Ryan Saunders said. "We had a lot of easy looks, I thought. They just didn't fall for us early. The second half, we didn't do a great job in terms of communicating as a team. So, that's something we've got to get better with moving forward."

Derrick Rose scored 21 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Josh Okogie scored 15 and hit a season-high four 3s for Minnesota.

FOLLOWING IN DAD'S FOOTSTEPS

Carlisle called it emotional to see Saunders coaching the Timberwolves. Before Friday's game, Carlisle recalled borrowing Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's plane to attend Flip Saunders' funeral along with fellow NBA coaches including Doc Rivers and Scott Brooks.

Carlisle and Ryan Saunders have talked often since Flip Saunders' death.

"You never know what's going to happen," Carlisle said. "But this opportunity is something that is great for him. He's built so similarly to his dad in terms of his character, in terms of his amazing way with people and his positive view on everything."

TIP INS

Mavericks: Barea left with what Carlisle called a lower-leg injury. Carlisle said Barea would undergo an MRI on Saturday. ... The Mavericks' seven turnovers were their fewest of the season. ... Had Doncic gotten his triple-double, he would have tied Philadelphia's Markelle Fultz as the youngest player to record one at 19 years, 317 days. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. did not play because of mid back tightness. It was the 14th game he's missed this season.

Timberwolves: Towns briefly went to the locker room in the first half with an ankle injury. ... Rose had missed the previous six games with a sprained right ankle. ... F Robert Covington missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised right knee. ... The Timberwolves' 11 offensive rebounds in the first quarter were tied for the most by a team in one quarter since 1996-97.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: host the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Timberwolves: host New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 30 Points, Mavs End Skid Against Suns]]>504141361Wed, 09 Jan 2019 22:23:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-010219.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak against Phoenix with a 104-94 victory over the last-place Suns on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old rookie put the Mavericks ahead for good with a 3-pointer early in the second half before getting one of his five assists on a jump-pass from nearly half court out of a double team to DeAndre Jordan for a dunk as Dallas built its lead to nine going to the fourth quarter.

Doncic's solid 8-of-14 shooting night would have been even better without a couple of wild misses on 3-pointers, including a high-arching launch from 32 feet in his fourth game with at least 30 points. He finished four points shy of his career high.

The Slovenian still went 4 of 9 from beyond the arc with a four-point play in the first half, but made just 10 of his career-high 16 free-throw attempts. He had six rebounds.

T.J. Warren scored 20 points for the Suns, who led by eight in the first half before falling a night after ending a six-game losing streak with a 21-point rally in a 115-111 home victory over Sacramento. Scoring leader Devin Booker missed the Kings game and was out again in Dallas with back spasms.

Phoenix is a combined 1-13 in back-to-back pairs -- 1-6 on the front end and 0-7 on the back. It was the Suns' first loss to Dallas since a 113-108 defeat in Mexico City almost two years ago. Two of their 10 wins this season came against Dallas at home, including the season opener.

Suns rookie Deandre Ayton, drafted two spots ahead of Doncic as the No. 1 overall pick, spent the second half in foul trouble and finished with six points, five rebounds along with five fouls.

Two other Suns (Josh Jackson and Elie Okobo) had five fouls, and guard De'Anthony Melton fouled out with 7:06 remaining. Jackson scored 17 points, but just two after halftime.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points for Dallas, making all 10 of his free throws to offset 3-of-11 shooting. Wesley Matthews had 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including a banked-in 3 for a 96-84 with three minutes to go.

TIP-INS
Suns: Jamal Crawford didn't play, delaying him from becoming the 22nd player with 1,300 games for his career. ... The Suns shot 43 percent, ending a three-game streak of shooting at least 50 percent. The last four-game streak for Phoenix was in January 2015. ... Richaun Holmes had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 14 a night after matching his career high of 26.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki was ill and missed his fourth game since his season debut at Phoenix on Dec. 13. Before setting an NBA record by appearing in his 21st season with the same franchise, the 40-year-old missed the first 26 games recovering from ankle surgery last April. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. was out with back tightness, the 13th game he's missed this season. Most were because of a right wrist sprain.

UP NEXT
Suns: Denver at home Saturday night before playing seven of the next nine games on the road.

Mavericks: At Minnesota on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Ingram, Ball Lead Lakers to Win Over Mavericks]]>504034141Mon, 07 Jan 2019 22:45:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Ingram-Getty-010719.jpg

Brandon Ingram scored 29 points and Lonzo Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Dallas Mavericks a rare home loss, 107-97, on Monday night.

The two young Lakers responded to their coach Luke Walton's demand for more passion after a blowout loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The duo helped rally Los Angeles from a double-digit halftime deficit.

The Lakers won for just the second time in seven games since LeBron James strained his groin on Christmas Day, and they swept the season series from the Mavericks 3-0.

Los Angeles surged ahead by outscoring the Mavericks 32-13 in the third quarter. The Lakers took their first lead of the game late in the third quarter on Ball's dunk. They closed the third on a 13-4 run with Ball and Michael Beasley scoring 11 of the 13 points.

An 11-2 run to start the fourth put the Lakers up 96-82 with 8:52 to play. Dallas closed to within seven twice in the fourth quarter, but each time Ingram drew the defense to him and dished to JaVale McGee for dunks.

Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead Dallas. The rookie was virtually the entire Mavericks offense in the second half, making six of his team's field goals after the break. Dallas had 11 turnovers in the second half in addition to 11-for-43 shooting.

Dallas fell to 16-4 at home. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the NBA.

The Lakers came back from 13 down at halftime to tie the score 76-all when Ball hit the second of two free throws with 3:47 left in the third quarter, capping a 22-9 run.

With James still out, the Lakers got Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup after missing the past two games with a lower-back contusion. Kuzma missed his first eight shots and didn't score until midway through the second quarter, but he hit two 3s early in the third quarter to spark the Lakers' comeback.

The Dallas bench helped the Mavs build a double-digit lead and hold it steady through the second quarter. Reserves Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith and J.J. Barea combined for 23 points in the first half as Dallas led 67-54 at the break. The Mavs shot 58 percent from the field in the first half.

TIP-INS
Lakers: In what might have been Dirk Nowitzki's final match-up against the Lakers, Walton joked that he wouldn't match up Nowitzki's countryman Moritz Wagner against his fellow German. "Mo has talked about that he's a national treasure there (in Germany)," Walton said. "We'll try to keep Mo off him. When legends get guys that look up to them guarding them, they kinda have their way." Wagner didn't get into the game.

Mavericks: Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a U.S. high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. ... Numerous Dallas Cowboys, including running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Jaylon Smith, attended the game, drawing an ovation from the sellout crowd.

UP NEXT
Lakers: Host Detroit on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host Phoenix on Wednesday. Two of the Suns' nine wins this year have come against Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Embiid, Simmons Lead 76ers Past Mavericks]]>503959581Sat, 05 Jan 2019 23:39:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Simmons-Getty-010519.jpg

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons carried the load without Jimmy Butler. And when Butler returns, the 76ers stars expect Philadelphia to keep rolling.

Embiid had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Simmons added 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in Philadelphia's 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Embiid hit two key free throws late for Philadelphia, which was without Butler for the second straight game due to an upper respiratory infection. The four-time All-Star wasn't around to address a published report that said he recently challenged coach Brett Brown in a disrespectful way about his role in the offense.

Brown downplayed the incident before the game, and both Embiid and Simmons expressed the belief afterward that the three stars can coexist.

"Everybody is trying to fit in," Embiid said. "We are going to keep working on it. We are inching toward it, and we are going to get there."

Simmons added: "Jimmy's been great, amazing for me."

JJ Redick added 20 points for Philadelphia, which improved to 17-3 at home while winning its fourth in the last five.

Wesley Matthews had 18 points to pace short-handed Dallas, which fell to 3-18 on the road. The Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Devin Harris (back) and J.J. Barea (ankle). Rookie guard Jalen Brunson came off the bench to contribute 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The 76ers, who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, were seemingly in total control until Luka Doncic's 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining cut the lead to 101-97. The lead still was four when Dwight Powell made one of two free throws for the Mavericks with 50 seconds left.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win it," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

But Embiid, with "M-V-P! M-V-P!" chants raining down from the sold-out crowd, drained two foul shots with 28 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia breathing room.

"Once again, we had to make the game interesting," Embiid said.

The 76ers had a 30-point advantage dwindle to three points before pulling out a 132-127 victory at Phoenix on Wednesday in their previous game.

Philadelphia methodically pulled away, increasing a 31-26 first-quarter advantage to 59-51 at the half. The 76ers made 10 of 20 field goals in the third quarter, settling for an 87-70 lead to start the fourth.

Nowitzki didn't play on the second night of a back-to-back after going scoreless in the Mavericks' 114-93 loss at Boston on Friday night. Nowitzki missed all 10 of his shots, including eight from 3-point range, while failing to score for just the ninth time in his 21-year career. He needed two points to become the Western Conference player with the most points on Boston's home court.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan bruised his left hand in the first half but returned. . Doncic had 14 points but shot 4 for 16 from the field, including 1 for 8 from 3-point range.

76ers: Philadelphia is 17-8 since acquiring Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November. ... Simmons reached a triple-double for the sixth time.

BUTLER BABBLE
Brown dismissed the Butler report before Saturday's game.

"I didn't feel like any of that crossed the line," Brown said. "He's vocal. He's all in and he has opinions, but it's instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He's got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard."

Philadelphia acquired Butler last month with an eye on making a run to the NBA championship. But meshing Butler with stars Simmons and Embiid hasn't always been easy, which Brown acknowledged.

"There's nobody trying to figure this out more than I am," Brown said.

BRUNSON'S RETURN
Brunson, who played collegiately at nearby Villanova, was honored before the game by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association as its Amateur Athlete of the Year after helping the Wildcats to their second national title in three years last April. Brunson's dad, Rick, a well-traveled NBA guard who played collegiately at Temple, sat courtside to watch his son's best game of his young career.

"He was terrific all around," Carlisle said. "He looked right at home. I was happy for him. I thought he did a lot of good things."

UP NEXT
Dallas: Host Lakers on Monday night.

Philadelphia: Host Washington on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Hayward Has 16 points, 11 Rebounds, Celtics Beat Mavs]]>503934141Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:35:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1089940242.jpg

Gordon Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-93 on Friday night.

Jayson Tatum added 18 points, and Al Horford had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics won easily despite playing their second straight game with star guard Kyrie Irving sidelined by scratched corneas.

Luka Doncic had 19 points and nine assists for Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki, who received two standing ovations, was scoreless and had two rebounds for Dallas. Celtics fans chanted "Dirk! Dirk!" in the final minute, hoping he would make a shot in what might have been his final appearance in Boston.

Hayward, coming off a season-high 35 points Wednesday night in a victory over Minnesota, was flirting with his first triple-double with the Celtics before going to the bench midway through the fourth quarter with Boston up by 22.

The Mavericks trimmed an 18-point first-half deficit to a point early in the third quarter, but could get no closer.

The Mavericks had a 13-0 run late in the second quarter, to pulling to 53-46 on Matthews' 3-pointer with 2:13 left. Jordan followed with a layup to cut it to 53-48 before Tatum hit a 3-pointer for Boston with 39 seconds left, ending a 4:01 scoring drought. Boston hadn't scored since Smart's 3-pointer with 4:40 left put Boston up 53-36.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki received a standing ovation when he was introduced and entered the game with 1:07 left in the first quarter. Boston fans stood and cheered again in the final minute for Nowitzki, playing in his 21st season, who put his hands to his head after his final attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. ... Dallas, which ended a nine-game road losing skid Wednesday with a victory at Charlotte, fell to 3-14 on the road.

Celtics: Tatum, a last-minute starter at forward with Marcus Morris out because of a stiff neck, scored 10 points in the first quarter. ... Daniel Theis had 13 rebounds. ... Rookie Brad Wanamaker scored a career-high eight points, three better than his previous high. ... Irving was on the bench, still recovering after scratching both corneas in a collision Monday at San Antonio. Irving also sat out Wednesday against Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Philadelphia on Saturday night to end a four-game trip.

Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[On Basketball: International Stars Leaving Mark on NBA]]>503828471Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:17:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-010219.jpg

Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.

This season, there are 24 names on that list -- by far the most in league history.

The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn't seen since the ABA merger.

One of the MVP front-runners at this point is Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has led Milwaukee to the NBA's best record entering Wednesday. Dallas' Luka Doncic looks like an overwhelming favorite to become the first Slovenian rookie of the year. Cameroon's Joel Embiid might be the dominant big man in the league, and keeps getting better for Philadelphia.

These aren't just some guys taking up roster spots, either.

These are franchise players. At least one-third of the league's teams have a foreign-born player who would classify as its best, or at least its most important.

"It's been fun to watch over the last two decades, where the game started internationally and where it is now," said Dirk Nowitzki, the German who became the biggest star in Dallas Mavericks' history. "I think the game has grown globally, China, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America. I think we've got 150 international players in the league or more. It's been fun to watch."

Just take a peek at Tuesday's boxscores to see the impact.

-- There were six guys with 12 or more rebounds, five of them born outside the U.S.

-- There were six guys with seven or more assists, all of them born outside the U.S.

-- There were four guys with three or more blocks, all of them born outside the U.S.

Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists for Denver, and it might not have even been his best game of the season. Jokic is Serbian -- and represents how the game is played today. He's a 7-footer. Big, fast and skilled. He's going to be a problem for teams for a long time, and is the biggest reason why the Nuggets entered Wednesday atop the Western Conference.

The NBA has utilized a `USA vs. The World' format in what used to be called the rookie game at All-Star weekend since 2014, and maybe it's time to think about doing something like that in the varsity matchup as well.

Think about this possibility: Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Embiid, Jokic and Ben Simmons starting. Select Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Nikola Vucevic as the backup big men. Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari, Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic as backup guards and wings. Jamal Murray, Jonas Valanciunas and Boban Marjanovic would be snubbed on this 12-man mythical roster.

And that scenario even has Australian-born Kyrie Irving playing for the U.S. side in this made-up game.

The U.S. team led by LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis would probably still win. But it might be worth the NBA taking a look at this sort of format before too long.

"You've got guys coming from everywhere and anybody now in the world, you know if you work hard you can come play in the NBA," said Charlotte's Tony Parker, who was born in Belgium.

There's a myriad of theories on why this is happening.

The one that makes the most sense is that the game is basically beamed in real time right now to every phone in the world. Young players like Doncic can see fellow Europeans succeed in the NBA while oohing and aahing over their basketball heroes -- and for the Mavericks rookie, it was LeBron. Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Antetokounmpo modeled some of his game after Scottie Pippen.

The seeds have been planted over these last 20 years.

It was only a matter of time before they bore this sort of fruit.

"We just know what this game is about," Doncic said of the young foreign cluster of stars. "I don't know if people think international players aren't that good, but I think we showed up."

AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Early Shooting Barrage Lifts Mavs to Rare Road Victory]]>503828201Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:05:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120818.jpg

Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. fueled an early long-range shooting blitz and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday night to end a nine-game road skid.

Doncic and Smith each had 18 points, and Harrison Barnes added 17. The Mavericks hit 10 first-quarter 3-pointers -- three from Doncic and two from Smith -- and finished with 18 overall.

Dallas won its first road game since Nov. 28. It entered the game with a NBA-worst 2-16 road record, compared to 15-3 at home.

The Mavericks led 42-26 after the first quarter, and Charlotte got no closer than 18 the rest of the game. Dallas led by at least 20 points for the final 26 1/2 minutes.

Dwight Powell scored 15 points, Wesley Matthews had 11, and DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Doncic added 10 rebounds and Smith seven assists, and the Mavericks didn't use any of their starters for more than 29 minutes in the game.

Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker's 11 points. Walker made 4 of 14 shots and missed all five of his 3-point tries in 27 minutes. He was pulled with 3:15 left in the third quarter and didn't return.

TIP INS
Mavericks: Fayetteville native Smith played one year at N.C. State and bought 25 tickets for Wednesday's game. He had many other friends and family in attendance in his lone trip to his home state. He was one of three Mavericks with local ties; Barnes played at North Carolina, and 11th-year Dallas assistant coach Darrell Armstrong is a Gastonia native who played at Fayetteville State.

Hornets: They started only their fourth different lineup of the season Wednesday after Jeremy Lamb (right hamstring) and Cody Zeller (broken right hand) were injured in Monday's 125-100 home win over Orlando. Walker and Devonte Graham opened at guard, Nic Batum and Marvin Williams at forward and Willy Hernangomez at center. Graham, a 2018 second-round pick out of Kansas, made his first career start.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Visit Boston Celtics on Friday.

Hornets: Begin a six-game, 10-day trip on Saturday in Denver. Charlotte also visits Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio before returning home Jan. 17 against Sacramento.

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<![CDATA[Westbrook Rebounds With Triple-Double as Thunder Beat Mavs]]>503747821Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:17:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Russell-Westbrook-Getty-123118.jpg

Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder gained a split of their back-to-back against the Dallas Mavericks, never trailing in a 122-102 victory on Monday night.

Paul George added 22 points and Jerami Grant had 16 for the Thunder, who had dropped three of their last four games. That included a 105-103 loss at Dallas on Sunday, when Oklahoma City blew a six-point lead in the final 1:59 and Westbrook went 4 of 22 from the field and scored only nine points.

Westbrook promised after that game, "We play tomorrow and I'll be better from then on," and was true to his word, going 13 of 24 from the field and knocking down midrange bank shots with regularity as the Thunder built a 60-43 halftime lead.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle burned five of his seven timeouts in the first half in an effort to stem the tide, but the Mavericks proved unable to overcome a 1-for-9 start from the field. Dallas committed 29 turnovers, the most ever by a Thunder opponent.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points, matching his career high with seven 3-pointers in nine attempts, and Luca Doncic had 17 points. The Mavericks are 2-16 on the road, offsetting their 15-3 home record.

As the Mavericks were misfiring to start the game, George scored 16 points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City built a 17-point lead. The Thunder led by as many as 22 in the first half.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Dennis Smith Jr. and Doncic pulled Dallas within 69-57, but a bucket by George, a steal and layup by Westbrook and an alley-oop dunk by Grant off Westbrook's pass led Carlisle to burn his final timeout at the 6:45 mark of the third quarter, with his team down 75-57.

Despite going 8 of 13 from 3-point range in the quarter, Dallas made no headway, trailing 92-75 at its end. Barnes hit two more 3-pointers to cut the margin to 94-81 with 10:59 left, but George scored and Abdel Nader followed with a 3-pointer to rebuild Oklahoma City's lead. Dallas came no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: F Wesley Matthews returned after missing two games with right foot soreness, but Dallas made F Dirk Nowitzki inactive, citing "return from injury management" after he played 10 minutes on Sunday night . The Mavericks were called for a technical foul with 6:43 left after Carlisle called a timeout Dallas did not have . Dallas went 14 of 38 from 3-point range.

Thunder: C Steven Adams had 12 points and 13 rebounds . Nerlens Noel scored 15 points in 15 minutes . G Alex Abrines sat out due to what the team called personal reasons. . G Terrance Ferguson started despite being listed as questionable with a stomach illness . The Thunder are 9-2 on New Year's Eve since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City . After playing Dallas on consecutive days, the Thunder won't see the Mavericks again until March 31.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.

Thunder: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Doncic, Smith Key Mavs' Late Surge to Beat Thunder]]>503695831Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:57:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavericksAP_18365090508724.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. was coming off a last-second gaffe in a Dallas loss when the second-year guard came through with two critical plays in a win over Oklahoma City: one at each end of the court.

The 21-year-old hit the go-ahead layup before defending on a miss by Paul George , and the Dallas Mavericks surged past the Thunder late in a 105-103 victory Sunday night.

Smith's key moments came two nights after he failed to get a shot off before the buzzer -- and missed it anyway -- in a 114-112 loss at New Orleans. It was his first game back after missing 11 with a sprained right wrist.

The loss to the Pelicans was the second of two straight games against them, with Dallas winning the first. Now the Mavericks will play two in a row against the Thunder, this time in a back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Monday night.

"I am just trying to earn my respect in this league," said Smith, who scored 14 points while backcourt mate and 19-year-old rookie sensation Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points.

George scored the last 13 points for Oklahoma City and finished with 36, but he missed the pull-up jumper with Smith defending with 2 seconds left.

The Thunder still had a chance with 1.7 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook missed a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to wrap up a rough shooting night for the 2017 MVP. He was 4 of 22 for nine points with nine rebounds and eight assists.

It was the first time since April 12, 2017, that Westbrook didn't finish in double figures in at least one of those three categories.

"We got lucky because he had an off shooting night," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "And knowing him, I'm not looking forward to tomorrow night."

The Thunder led by as many as six in the final two minutes fueled by a pair of 3s from George, but the Mavericks chipped away thanks to missed shots and turnovers by Oklahoma City.

Smith's layup for a 104-103 lead came after he dribbled away from the basket and reversed course to the hoop, easily speeding past Dennis Schroder and hitting the shot over a leaping Westbrook.

"I think there were some times where we did a great job defensively, and obviously there were some other times we broke down," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

DeAndre Jordan, who had 12 points and 17 rebounds, pulled Dallas to 101-99 with a thunderous dunk. The Thunder turned it over but Westbrook knocked away Harrison Barnes' pass to Doncic. Trailing the play, Jordan grabbed the loose ball and dunked without taking a dribble.

George was 12 of 24 from the field but just 3 of 11 from 3 as the Thunder shot 24 percent from beyond the arc. Westbrook missed all eight of his attempts from long range.

The Mavericks took their first 10-point lead on a 3 from Doncic while the Thunder went without a field goal for more than six minutes to start the third quarter. The lead reached 13 in the final minute of the third on a 3 from J.J. Barea.

The Dallas lead was gone less than four minutes into the fourth quarter, with Oklahoma City getting even at 86 on a floater from Schroder, who scored 19 points.

TIP-INS
Thunder: Lost for first time with George scoring at least 30 points after winning the first five this season. ... Westbrook got a technical after he didn't get a call on a bump from Maxi Kleber when he drove for a layup that was short. ... Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson scored 10 points apiece while Steven Adams had nine rebounds and eight points.

Mavericks: Won their 13th out of last 14 home games to improve to 15-3 at American Airlines Center. ... Barnes had 16 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith added 10. ... G Wesley Matthews missed his second game with right foot soreness. ... Smith got a technical for complaining going into a timeout about a no-call when Westbrook made contact with his face.

RUSS DUD
It was the fourth time this month that Westbrook has shot less than 25 percent of the field. "Missing and making shots is part of the game, but I got to do a better job and that's on me," Westbrook said.

DUELING GERMAN 3s
The first of Dirk Nowitzki's six points came on a 3 with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, but the fellow German Schroder hit one in transition 5 seconds later to finish the scoring in an entertaining first quarter. Oklahoma City led 28-27 after the first.

UP NEXT
The teams finish a back-to-back against each other Monday in Oklahoma City.

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<![CDATA[Davis, Pelicans Hold Off Doncic-Led Mavs 114-112]]>503644831Sat, 29 Dec 2018 23:28:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pelicansAP_18363067120864.jpg

Anthony Davis hit a go-ahead, fall-away jumper with 43.9 seconds left and scored a season-high 48 points to out duel rookie Luka Doncic and lift the New Orleans Pelicans over the Dallas Mavericks 114-112 on Friday night.

Davis was fouled on the shot and made the free throw for a two-point lead. Dallas got two more possessions, but Doncic had a layup blocked by Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a 3-pointer and the Mavericks couldn't get off a shot on a final possession with four seconds left.

Davis also grabbed 17 rebounds and New Orleans snapped a five-game skid. The Pelicans dominated in the paint, scoring 70 points, including 22 from Julius Randle.

Doncic scored 34 points and hit 7 of 10 3-pointers, and Harrison Barnes had 21 points.

Dallas set up for its final possession with Smith inbounding the ball. Smith got it back and drove into the lane against Davis, but his scoop shot did not beat the buzzer and fell off the rim anyway.

The Mavericks outscored the Pelicans from long range in the first half, cruising to a 66-55 lead by making 10 of 19 3-pointers while holding New Orleans to just 1 of 13 from behind the arc.

Davis kept the Pelicans in the game with 22 first-half points on 9-of-15 shooting. Holiday had 14 first-half points, but seven of the Pelicans' other nine players had two or fewer points.

New Orleans chipped away, outscoring Dallas 31-22 in the third quarter to pull within 88-86.

The Pelicans took their first lead since late in the first quarter on Frank Jackson's 3-pointer from the right baseline, which put them up 99-96 with 7:43 left. J.J. Barea answered with a 3-pointer a few seconds later for Dallas.

Davis made a 15-foot fadeaway over Jordan to tie it at 105 with 3:59 left, and his floating right-hand hook and 18-foot jumper on two of the Pelicans' next three possessions gave New Orleans a 111-109 lead.



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<![CDATA[Doncic Helps Mavs Top Pelicans 122-119 to End 6-game Skid]]>503533931Sat, 29 Dec 2018 23:27:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallasAP_18361150720538.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 21 points, including the tiebreaking free throws with 30 seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak with a 122-119 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old rookie made 11 of 12 free throws, including the last three points of the game in the final half-minute. He missed one of two after rebounding a miss on a 3-pointer from Anthony Davis, who had 32 points and 18 rebounds in the fifth consecutive loss for the Pelicans.

Davis missed another 3 with a chance to tie in the final seconds, and Doncic got the rebound again to finish one rebound shy of a triple-double. The Slovenian had 10 assists in the first of two straight games between these teams.

DeAndre Jordan had 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting and 12 rebounds for his 22nd double-double.

The backup guard duo of J.J. Barea and Devin Harris carried the Mavericks through most of the fourth quarter. Barea had 11 of his 18 in the final quarter, including 3-of-3 shooting on 3-pointers, and Harris scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth.

Jrue Holiday scored 25 points, and Julius Randle had 23 points, including 11-of-13 shooting on free throws, against his hometown team.

The Mavericks ended a streak of five straight games of allowing at least 120 points while ending a losing skid that had matched their season high.

Maxi Kleber had a career-high six blocks as the Mavericks finished with a season-high 13. Kleber had 10 points. Harrison Barnes scored 16.



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<![CDATA[Lillard Scores 33, Trail Blazers Top Mavericks in OT]]>503423351Sun, 23 Dec 2018 23:07:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Damian-Lillard-Getty-122318.jpg

Damian Lillard scored 33 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Dallas Mavericks their sixth straight loss, 121-118 in overtime Sunday night.

Jusuf Nurkic added 10 points and 12 rebounds for his 16th double-double this season for Portland, which has won four of its last five games.

Harrison Barnes led the slumping Mavericks with 27 points. Rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 23 points and 11 rebounds, including a buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime tied at 107.

Maurice Harkless' layup gave Portland a 114-109 lead with 2:43 to go in the extra period. DeAndre Jordan's dunk pulled the Mavs to 116-115 with under a minute left, but Lillard's layup kept Portland in front with 34.2 seconds to go and the Blazers held on.

Portland led by 14 in the third quarter but the Mavericks closed the gap in the fourth.

Barnes and Wesley Matthews made consecutive 3s to bring Dallas to 100-98 with 3:56 left. Matthews, a former Blazer, added another 3 to put Dallas up 101-100.

After Doncic's free throw, Harkless hit a 3-pointer to put Portland back in front 103-102 with 1:42 to go. The teams traded baskets before Lillard's layup made it a three-point game.

As time expired, Doncic hit a corner 3 over Harkless' outstretched arms.

It was the fourth game of a road trip and the second half of a back-to-back for Dallas. The Mavericks lost to the Golden State Warriors 120-116 on Saturday night.

Doncic, the NBA's leading rookie scorer, was questionable with a right hip injury but he started.

Doncic had an immediate impact with seven early points, including a tip that gave the Mavericks a 17-12 lead midway through the first quarter. Evan Turner's basket tied it at 23 as the quarter came to a close.

The Blazers went on a 16-2 run to pull in front 58-47 and led 62-52 at halftime. Portland scored 37 points in the second quarter.

The Mavs played without Dennis Smith Jr., who has a strained right wrist. They also were without Dirk Nowitzki, who is being limited after returning from left ankle surgery that kept him out of the team's first 26 games. Nowitzki, who has appeared in five games, played 13 minutes against the Warriors and scored three points.

The Blazers were coming of a 120-90 loss on Friday night to Utah, their worst defeat at home in nearly 14 years. It snapped a three-game winning streak.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Dallas beat the Blazers 111-102 at home on Dec. 4. This was the second of four meetings between the teams this season.

Trail Blazers: With a 3-pointer in the first half, CJ McCollum moved past Damon Stoudamire (717) into fifth on the Blazers' career list for 3s. ... Portland's second-quarter points (37) were the most the team had scored in the period this season.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Return home to face New Orleans on Wednesday.

Trail Blazers: On the road on Christmas Day against the Utah Jazz.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Durant Scores 29 Points, Warriors Hold Off Mavericks]]>503400461Sat, 22 Dec 2018 22:55:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kdsmileus.jpg

Kevin Durant had 29 points with a key 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, and added 12 rebounds and eight assists, as the Golden State Warriors held off a fourth-quarter rally and beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-116 on Saturday night.

Durant and Andre Iguodala made consecutive 3s for the Warriors late in the third for a 94-87 lead entering the final 12 minutes, then the Warriors extended the lead to double digits before the Mavericks made a game of it in the closing minutes.

Harrison Barnes' jumper with 1:20 remaining against his former team got Dallas within 117-115, then Durant missed a layup on the other end.

Stephen Curry contributed 22 points, five rebounds and five assists and Jonas Jerebko provided a nice boost with a season-high 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting with six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. The made field goals also were his most this season, and Jerebko received a rousing ovation when he took a seat with 6:39 to play.

Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic made 5 of 11 shots with three 3-pointers in the first half for 14 of his 19 points, helping Dallas take a 61-58 lead at intermission. DeAndre Jordan matched his season high with 23 rebounds, getting 12 before the break.

Draymond Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Golden State's 12th straight victory against the Mavericks at Oracle Arena.

Green, limited by injuries, vowed that his shots would start falling. He hit just his second and third 3-pointers since early November, then gestured at the Mavericks to guard him. Green had been 1 of 16 from deep since making two on Halloween.

Wesley Matthews scored 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting as Dallas lost its fifth straight.

The Mavericks beat the two-time defending champions 112-109 at Dallas on Nov. 17.

Both teams played the first night of back-to-backs.

BELOVED USHER LOST
Georgia Wilton, an usher at Oracle Arena for 23 years, was honored during the second quarter with a tribute on the scoreboard from Warriors COO Rick Welts. Her photo was shown with the message "In Loving Memory of Georgia Wilton."

Her daughters, June and Carol, were in attendance and shown on the screen.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: Jordan's rebounds were four off his career-best of 27. ... Barnes made three of his initial five shots for eight quick points and scored 17, but missed all seven of his 3-point tries. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. sat out his ninth game with a sprained right wrist. ... The Mavericks dropped to 2-13 on the road and 1-11 away vs. the Western Conference. ... Dallas hasn't won on the Warriors' home floor since a 112-103 victory on April 12, 2012.

Warriors: Golden State is 7-4 following a loss after falling 108-103 at Utah on Wednesday. ... Playing again Sunday, this will be the second of three back-to-backs in which both games are home for Golden State.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: At Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Warriors: Host the Clippers on Sunday night in their sixth time playing consecutive nights.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Clippers Snap Losing Streak By Holding Off Mavericks]]>503309951Fri, 21 Dec 2018 05:53:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Lou Williams' return from injury provided a much-needed lift for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 6-foot-1 guard, who missed the past four games due to a sore left hamstring, scored 13 of his 26 points during the fourth quarter to help the Clippers hold off the Dallas Mavericks 125-121 on Thursday night and snap a four-game losing streak.

"It was a good game for me," Williams said. "It's good to get a win. We've had a rough stretch of games and it is good to move forward."

Maxi Kieber's jumper put the Mavericks up 109-104 with 5:14 remaining before the Clippers regained control with a 15-2 run. Danilo Gallinari, who led the Clippers with 32 points, had nine points during the rally and Williams made a pair of free throws with 3:08 remaining to give the Clippers a 113-111 lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. That was part of 12 straight Los Angeles points that gave the Clippers an eight-point lead with 1:02 remaining.

Dallas, which has dropped its last four, made a late run to get within 123-121 but Tobias Harris made a pair of free throws to ice it.

"Lou was fantastic. Early on I thought his passing was fantastic and then he started the scoring barrage down the stretch," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He gives us a confidence when you have him on the floor. It's not necessarily you are going to go to him but he is going to be involved."

Rookie Luka Doncic scored a season-high 32 points for the Mavericks and JJ Barea added 19. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 22 rebounds in his first game back at Staples Center against his former team.

"He was great. He made a lot of plays and made a lot of shots," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic. "He got to the free throw line a lot. An awful lot (9 of 13). He made a lot of good things happen."

Dallas trailed 89-82 at the start of the fourth quarter before scoring eight straight points to take the lead, with six coming from Devin Harris. That would be the first of six lead changes and four ties over the final 10 minutes.

Los Angeles led 32-30 early in the second quarter before scoring seven straight points. The Clippers would lead by as many as 13 late in the quarter before going to halftime up 65-54.

Dallas trailed 69-58 less than three minutes into the third quarter before it started to steadily whittle down the deficit. Doncic scored six points during an 8-1 run that got the Mavericks within four. Devin Harris' layup with 1:14 remaining drew the Mavericks within 85-82 before the Clippers scored the final four points of the quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: G Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) missed his eighth game. ... Doncic has scored 20 or more points in 16 games this season. ... Harrison Barnes scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half. ... Harris added 13 points.

Clippers: Los Angeles had its second-best shooting game of the season, making 56.6 percent from the field (47 of 83). It made 59 percent against New Orleans on Dec. 3. . ... Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half. ... Harris had 16 points and nine rebounds. He made all eight of his free-throw attempts.

JORDAN'S RETURN

The Clippers played a video thanking Jordan for his 10 seasons with the franchise during the first timeout.

It was Jordan's third game in Staples Center this season, but this was the first time it came against his former club. Jordan, who opted out of his contract with the Clippers during the offseason and signed a one-year deal with Dallas, holds the Clippers' record for most games played, field goal percentage, rebounds and blocked shots.

"I wish we won the game, but it was fun to be back in front of Clippers fans," Jordan said. "I watched a little bit of the video. I thought it was great. I really appreciate those guys doing that."

Rivers said that he hopes the franchise eventually retires Jordan's jersey.

"It all started with him. When you think of the LA Clippers you think of DeAndre," Rivers said.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Golden State on Saturday. Dallas won the first meeting 112-109 on Nov. 17.

Clippers: Host Denver on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Nuggets Win 7th Straight at Home by Beating Mavs]]>503099351Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:57:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 16 rebounds, Jamal Murray dished out a career-high 15 assists and the Denver Nuggets extended their home winning streak to seven games by beating the Dallas Mavericks 126-118 on Tuesday night.

At 21-9, the Nuggets matched the 1976-77 squad for the best start through 30 games in franchise history. They also remain on top of the Western Conference by percentage points over Golden State. This is rarefied air for the Nuggets: The last time they had played more than 25 games and were alone in first place in the conference was March 1977.

Murray contributed 22 points for the injury-depleted Nuggets, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Luka Doncic had a big game for Dallas with 23 points and a career-best 12 assists, while Harrison Barnes scored 30. The Mavericks hit 15 3-pointers against the NBA's top long-range defense.

The Nuggets held each opponent under 100 points in their last six wins at the Pepsi Center. But this one turned into a track meet -- a throwback to the days of old for Denver.

Still, it was a defensive play that helped save the night for the Nuggets.

Fueled by a 14-0 run at the end of the third, the Nuggets took a 105-95 lead into the final quarter. Dallas trimmed it to four before Monte Morris hit a 3-pointer to give Denver some separation.

Murray then blocked a shot and hit a jumper on the other end to seal the win.

The Nuggets remain without Will Barton, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap due to injuries. Juancho Hernangomez started despite being questionable with a strained abdomen. He finished with 12 points, one of seven Denver players to score in double figures.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: G Dennis Smith Jr. sat out with a sprained right wrist. ... Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and Wesley Matthews received technical fouls for arguing calls. ... G J.J. Barea returned from a sprained ankle and had 10 points. ... F DeAndre Jordan fouled out with 6:29 remaining. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Nuggets: Murray picked up a technical in the first quarter for hanging on the rim and coach Michael Malone another in the third when he argued a call on Jokic.

DONCIC EFFECT
The most impressive thing about Doncic through the early portion of the season? That's easy for Carlisle.

"Probably how consistently he makes half-court shots during shootaround," Carlisle cracked.

HIGH PRAISE
Carlisle said Jokic is an anomaly in the way he can take over the game, but plays "close to the floor."

"It's one of the great things about the NBA game: Guys like him that have the size and skill and know how to use leverage and angles, their vision and senses can be All-Star-caliber players. He is that."

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Second of a four-game trip will be Thursday at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nuggets: Two straight on the road, beginning Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dirk Makes 2018 Home Debut in Loss to Kings]]>502896941Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:10:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+121618.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation as he entered the game late in the first quarter in Sunday's home matchup against the Sacramento Kings. Nowitzki was playing in his first home game of his 21st season with the Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Hield, Fox Help Kings End Mavs' Home Winning Streak]]>502895241Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:10:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Buddy-Hield-Getty-121618.jpg

Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox each scored 28 points and the Sacramento Kings ended the Dallas Mavericks' 11-game home winning streak with a 120-113 victory on Sunday night.

The Kings also spoiled the return of Dirk Nowitzki to the American Airlines Center. The 21-year veteran played his first home game after missing the first 26 games of the season while recovering from ankle surgery. He played six minutes at Phoenix on Thursday and scored three points in eight minutes Sunday.

Sacramento led for the entire second half, closing the third quarter on an 11-4 run to lead 93-83.

Dallas had closed within 98-91 when Fox outjumped DeAndre Jordan, who is eight inches taller, for a defensive rebound, then coasted downcourt for a layup. Nemanja Bjelica then hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 106-97 lead.

Wesley Matthews' 3 with 1:46 to play pulled the Mavs within 112-107, but Fox dribbled out nearly the entire shot clock and drove the lane for layup. After a Dallas turnover, Fox fed Willie Cauley-Stein for a dunk to ice the game with 51 seconds left.

Luka Doncic had 28 points and nine assists, but no other Dallas player scored more than 15. Jordan tied his season high with 23 rebounds but Dallas was hampered by poor 3-point shooting, making only 9 of 35 (26 percent).

Both teams were missing key players. Starting point guard Dennis Smith (right wrist sprain) and primary backup J.J. Barea (left ankle sprain) were out for Dallas.

Marvin Bagley III, the No. 2 pick in the draft, was out with a bone bruise on his left knee, and Kings teammate Iman Shumpert was a late scratch with a hip contusion.

The Kings led 61-58 at the break. Hield had 17 points in the first half and Fox added 14 as the Mavericks, playing without Smith and Barea, struggled to stop the quickness of the Kings' guards.

With only rookie Jalen Brunson and veteran Devin Harris at the point guard spot, Doncic took over ball-handling responsibilities for long stretches of the game.

TIP-INS
Kings: Bagley will be re-evaluated in 10 to 14 days. . Yogi Ferrell had eight points in his first game against Dallas since he left the Mavericks as a free agent this summer.

Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith's injured wrist wasn't progressing as well as hoped despite Smith playing 27 minutes Thursday. Barea missed his second game in a row. . Nowitzki was also denied a chance to become just the sixth player in NBA history to reach 900 wins.

DIRK CHECKS IN
Nowitzki entered with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter to a standing ovation. He's the first player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with one team. Nowitzki missed his first three shots from the field but scored his first point on a technical foul shot with 7:48 to go in the second quarter, then nailed a short jumper eight seconds later.

He played eight minutes, all in the first half.

UP NEXT
Kings: Second half of a back-to-back Monday at Minnesota.

Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at Denver.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Family of Slain Teen Surprised With Holiday Shopping Spree]]>502829951Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:29:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/mavs+2.jpg

It was June 2017. Shavon Randle, 13, was brutally kidnapped and murdered. The Lancaster teen’s body was found in an Oak Cliff neighborhood. Investigators said Randle was an innocent victim caught in the middle of what appeared to be retaliation over stolen drugs.

“Once you get to the point where you think you’re getting over things, there is always something else that's getting in the way,” said Shaquna Persley, Shavon’s mother.

Persley said the holidays were her daughter’s favorite time of the year.

"Shavon was my taste tester, my gift wrapper, [she was] my everything," said Persley.

The family has spent the last two Christmases without Shavon, but Friday night, the family was granted a surprise Christmas wish.

Dallas Maverick’s point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. heard the family’s story and said he knew he just had to help.

“When I heard this family’s story, I was hurt for them,” said Smith, Jr. "Whenever you can be a blessing to someone else… it comes full circle. That's how I view it."

His surprise for the family was a holiday shopping spree. Whatever they wanted… they got. And his generosity was followed by nothing other than gratitude.

"You don't expect for anybody to just be up and willing to just help somebody out. Because usually around this time, everybody is trying to help their own families," Persley tearfully said.

All this made possible thanks to a couple calls from Taylor Toynes, founder/director of the community center For Oak Cliff. He has been working with the family since Shavon was killed and just knew they wouldn’t have much of a Christmas without some help from others.

He said that Smith, Jr. stepped up. 

"Things just work out when your spirit is right and helping those that you love. Good things happen. Putting out positive energy,” said Taylor Toynes.

There have been several arrests made surrounding Shavon’s case, but none of those people have ever been charged with her murder.



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<![CDATA[Mavs' Nowitzki Makes Debut in 21st Season vs Suns]]>502754662Fri, 14 Dec 2018 02:12:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1082260960.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter of a 99-89 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.

"It is good to be back," he said after the game. "Obviously I got a lot of work to do timing-wise, conditioning-wise. I have been running on a treadmill, which is not the same as playing NBA speed against a bunch of 20-year-old athletes."

The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.

Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of this season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.

He made his first appearance in the lineup this season with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. A minute later, he banked in his first shot in his six-minute stint on the court. It was his only basket in his six minutes of play.

"All things considered he did fine, did well," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is a challenging situation for Dirk. Coming back in and re-accumulate mid-stream, with no real live practice time to speak of, but he has been busting his butt big time. I respect the hell out of him for what he has done to get back on the floor."

The 2007 MVP said the slow pace of the rehab was to ensure Nowitzki wouldn't be sidelined again once he returns. The 13-time All-Star has been steadily ramping up his activity for several weeks.

Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship as the NBA Finals MVP in 2011, took pride in playing 77 games last season as a 39-year-old. He hoped for a similar number in what could be his final season. Instead, it's been more like 2012-13, when he missed 27 games after preseason arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The highest-scoring foreign-born player, Nowitzki is seventh on the career list with 31,187 points. He was sixth to start the season before LeBron James passed him early. James is up to fifth, and Nowitzki needs 233 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth.

Nowitzki is expected to come off the bench for the first time since his rookie season in 1998-99. And he's teammates with the latest Euro sensation in 19-year-old Luka Doncic, the third overall pick and a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dirk Expected to Start Legendary 21st Season Thursday]]>502717972Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:30:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

Today is the day Mavs fans have been waiting for -- Dirk Nowiztki will officially begin his record-breaking 21st season with the team.

The big German has been recovering from an ankle surgery he underwent last spring. His first start of the 2018 season, will be Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

When he steps on the court off the bench, he'll own the league record for the longest career with one team.

The Mavs, led by rookie Luka Doncic, are on a bit of a hot streak having won their 11th straight at home Wednesday against the Hawks. Doncic scored 24 while racking up 10 rebounds and six assists.

The Mavs and Suns tip off at 9:30 p.m. CT.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Extend Home Streak, End Skid vs. Hawks]]>502647761Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:29:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-1081796576.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Luka Doncic added 24 and the Dallas Mavericks extended their home winning streak to 11 games while ending a 10-game skid against Atlanta in a 114-107 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.

J.J. Barea had 18 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle as the Mavericks finally beat the Hawks after blowing a 26-point lead in October, when rookie Trae Young had a strong fourth quarter in his home debut to help the Hawks rally to a 111-104 win.

Instead of wilting in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks took control with a 7-0 opening run for a 10-point lead and eventually went up by as many as 15 before the Hawks made it closer with an 11-1 run late.

It was Dallas' first win over Atlanta since Oct. 30, 2013, and the home winning streak is the longest since a 12-game run in 2007-08.

Young had 24 points and 10 assists, but the rematch reiterated the opposite directions both teams are headed after ending the first meeting at 2-2. The Mavericks are 13-9 since then and among the current playoff teams in the rough Western Conference. The Hawks have gone 4-19.

Kent Bazemore scored 22 for Atlanta, and John Collins had 20 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Role players got the fourth moving for Dallas rather than Barnes and the rookie sensation Doncic, who was drafted third overall by Atlanta and traded to Dallas while the Mavericks selected Young fifth for the Hawks.

Maxi Kleber opened the fourth with a dunk and scored all seven of his points in the final quarter, and Dorian Finney-Smith's free throw gave Dallas its first 10-point lead. Finney-Smith scored 11.

Doncic had 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

NO DIRK YET

Dirk Nowitzki was inactive after being listed as questionable for the first time as the longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery delays him from officially becoming the first NBA player with 21 seasons for one franchise. Coach Rick Carlisle said the designation meant the 40-year-old Nowitzki was getting closer to returning, but didn't want to discuss his status further before the game.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate also in his 21st season, got a nice ovation when he entered the game in the first quarter. The 41-year-old scored his only points on a 3 in the first quarter. ... Collins had nine offensive rebounds, most by a Dallas opponent this season.

Mavericks: Carlisle was ejected after two quick technicals in the third quarter when he thought Barnes got fouled without a call. Assistant Stephen Silas took over. ... PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right wrist. ... Doncic was 12 of 15 from the line as Dallas attempted a season-high 43 free throws.

UP NEXT

Hawks: At Boston on Friday.

Mavericks: At Phoenix on Thursday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes, Brunson Lead Mavericks Past Magic]]>502425181Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:18:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1071568880.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks were again talking about a great performance by a rookie.

This time it wasn't Luka Doncic.

Jalen Brunson started at point guard for the second consecutive game and scored a career-high 17 points as the Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 101-76 on Monday night.

Brunson, who led Villanova to two national championships in the past three years and was a Mavs second-round pick, replaced the injured Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) and scored in double figures for the third straight game. And he did it Monday with Mavericks Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd in the house.

"Being able to perform like that in front of him is definitely special," Brunson said. "But no matter who is in the crowd and who is watching, I just try and play the same way every time."

Brunson scored the first basket of the game, and Dallas never trailed against the Magic, who were playing without two rotation players.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Dwight Powell scored 16. Doncic had season highs with 11 rebounds and nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 shooting performance, finishing with seven points.

Jonathon Simmons scored a season-high 18 for the Magic and Aaron Gordon had 10. Orlando played without Evan Fournier, who missed the game for personal reasons, and Mo Bamba, who was suspended by coach Steve Clifford for a violation of team rules.

"Yeah, it's a bad on my part," Bamba said after the game. "I need to be better. Just got to be on time."

Dallas never trailed in winning its 10th straight at home for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Mavericks led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter.

Brunson was 5 for 5 from the field in the first half and scored 11 points, as did Barnes, who had the Mavericks' final eight to give Dallas a 52-40 lead at halftime.

Brunson then extended it to 61-44 with a 3 from the right corner with 9:05 left in the third quarter. The lead grew to 22 by the end of the period.

"He's more seasoned than you expect out of a guy in their first year," Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews said. "He's stepped into the opportunity well."

TIP-INS

Magic: Clifford did not detail the reasons for Fournier's absence, but said, "It's totally excused." Jonathan Isaac started in Fournier's spot. Clifford didn't know whether Fournier would miss more games. He also said Bamba's suspension was for this game only.

Mavericks: Matthews hit two 3s, tying Steve Nash for sixth in Mavericks history with 569. Of the five above them, four were in the building Monday: Dirk Nowitzki (first), team executive Michael Finley (third), Kidd (fourth) and team broadcaster Derek Harper (fifth). Jason Terry is second.

VUCEVIC STRUGGLES

Orlando's Nikola Vucevic played 26 minutes despite turning his ankle during a loss Friday against Indiana. He had 16 rebounds but scored just eight -- his first game below double digits this season.

"I didn't think he played with nearly the energy level frankly that he has been most of the year," Clifford said.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE

For perspective on how long it has been since Dallas won 10 games in a row at home, consider that the 2007-08 season was the last one the Mavericks were coached by someone other than Rick Carlisle, who took over for Avery Johnson after that season.

The Mavericks' final loss of that regular season came against the Seattle SuperSonics, led by then-rookie Kevin Durant. The SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City after that season.

UP NEXT

Magic: Travel to Mexico City to play Chicago on Thursday and Utah on Saturday. Both are Magic home games.

Mavericks: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 11 Straight, Mavs Rally Past Rockets]]>502281691Sat, 08 Dec 2018 21:02:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120818.jpg

Luka Doncic started with a routine 3-pointer from the corner.

Then the Dallas rookie skipped back several feet behind the arc to hit one over Houston center Clint Capela, followed by a floater in the lane for a tie.

After faking a drive that sent Capela scrambling toward the basket, the 19-year-old Slovenian settled behind the 3-point line one more time, connecting again for the 26th lead change between the Mavericks and Rockets.

So much for a rough shooting night.

Doncic scored 11 straight points to erase an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks went on to their ninth consecutive home victory, 107-104 over the Rockets on Saturday night.

"It's pretty clear that he's got a flair for the moment," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's unafraid. You don't see that every day. It's a unique three or four minutes, whatever he put together there."

James Harden shrugged off early foul trouble to score 35 points, but missed all four of his 3-point tries in the fourth quarter. Two of them were during Doncic's flurry, along with Chris Paul missing a pair of free throws before Doncic's tying bucket.

"The first thing I'd like to do different is make my free throws," said Paul, who scored 23 points while matching Harden with eight assists. "I think that's where, honestly, it ticked the game off. We were up two. Throws would have put us up four. They hit some step-backs."

Doncic was 3 of 13, and the Mavericks weren't too far removed from a nearly six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter when he made the first 3 with the Mavericks trailing 102-94, the largest Houston lead of the game.

"I wasn't playing great," said Doncic, who finished 7 of 17 with all three of his 3-pointers in that final stretch and had seven rebounds. "My game wasn't good at all. I get confident in the end of games. I would say that I feel comfortable."

Lost in the electrifying stretch by the third overall pick in last spring's draft was center DeAndre Jordan's backdoor bounce pass to rookie second-rounder Jalen Brunson.

The two-time NCAA champion from Villanova, making his second career start with Dennis Smith Jr. out because of a sprained right wrist, hit the twisting layup to get the Dallas lead back to three with 24 seconds left and finish off his career high of 14 points.

Doncic scored 21 points along with Wesley Matthews, who missed two free throws with a chance to put the game away in the final seconds. Eric Gordon missed a potential tying 3-pointer for Houston at the buzzer less than two weeks after the Rockets lost to the Mavericks by 20 at home.

"I thought we played well," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I think the good news out of all this is that if we play with that intensity, we're going to win a lot of games. Having said that, Doncic did it to us right toward the end."

TIP-INS
Rockets: It was the seventh loss in nine games since a season-best five-game winning streak. ... Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 18th double-double. ... The Rockets had just four other assists besides the 16 combined from Harden and Paul. ... Harden had his 10th 30-point game of the season.

Mavericks: It's the longest home winning streak since Dallas won nine straight in 2011, the year of the franchise's only championship. ... F Maxi Kleber was out with a left big toe sprain. ... Smith sat for the second straight game and third time in seven games because of the wrist issue. ... Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points along with Harrison Barnes.

HARDEN'S RECOVERY
Harden already had 10 points when he picked up his third foul with 4:17 left in the first quarter. He fell for a pump fake from Doncic and reached as the rookie went by him. Doncic sold the contact well and got the call. But Harden didn't foul again until midway through the fourth quarter, finishing 11 of 22 from the field, including 6 of 16 from 3.

ALL-AROUND GAME
Jordan had his 15th double-double by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He didn't score in the second half but had both of his steals along with the clutch assist to Brunson, who was 7 of 9 from the field.

UP NEXT
Rockets: Host Portland on Tuesday night.

Mavericks: Host Orlando on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Randle, Davis Push Pelicans Past Mavericks]]>502035692Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:56:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Julius-Randle-Getty-120518.jpg

Julius Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 132-106 on Wednesday night.

Anthony Davis had 27 points, a career-high nine assists and five blocks despite twisting his ankle and briefly leaving the court for treatment after stepping on Dorian Finney-Smith's foot.

Jrue Holiday had 17 points and four steals for New Orleans, which largely controlled the contest while winning for just the third time in nine games.

Harrison Barnes had 16 points and Wesley Matthews 15 for the Mavericks, who came in having won five of six but had trouble with the Pelicans' up-tempo pace while playing one night after beating Portland at home.

J.J. Barea scored 14 points, and Dwight Powell added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas, which also was short-handed as usual starting guard Dennis Smith Jr. sat out with a sprained right wrist.

E'Twaun Moore scored 17 points in a reserve role, and New Orleans never trailed after his 20-foot jumper put the Pelicans up 32-31 at the end of the first quarter.

Running the floor relentlessly, and effectively after many of the Mavs' 18 turnovers, the Pelicans scored 60 points in the paint and 29 on fast breaks.

New Orleans led by 16 at halftime, by as many as 25 in the third quarter and 29 in the fourth.

TIP-INS
Mavericks: As Powell dunked early in the fourth quarter, he was poked in eye by Davis. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle received a technical foul for shouting at officials about the play and Holiday made the technical foul shot. ... Finney-Smith had 12 points and Jalen Brunson had 11 points. ... The Mavs shot 42.9 percent (39-of-91) and missed 32 of 46 3-point attempts.

Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic, New Orleans' third-leading scorer, missed his second straight game with an illness. Randle started in his place. ... The Pelicans shot 55.4 percent (51-of-92) overall and an even better 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from 3-point range. ... Darius Miller made four of his six 3-point shots for all of his 12 points off the bench while Moore made three of four. Davis made both of his shots from deep and Randle made two of three. ... Holiday, who has struggled with turnovers at times, finished with eight assists and only one turnover.

UP NEXT
Mavericks: Host Houston on Saturday night.

Pelicans: Host Memphis on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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